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NewsForge: SSL VPNs and OpenVPN: A lot of Lies and a Shred of Truth

Sep 28, 2005, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Hosner)

"I wanted to write an article on the strengths of OpenVPN, but I just can't get the message out without first talking about the serious insecurities I see in the rest of the SSL Virtual Private Network (VPN) space. The SSL VPN market has blossomed in the last five years in response to dissatisfaction with the traditional VPN technologies, namely the insecure Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), and the complex and intrusive IP Security (IPsec) standard. SSL VPNs have roared into the VPN space with the claim of high security, ease of use, and robust feature sets that eclipse the existing technologies. Whenever I hear that combination of claims, my brow furrows and I see that it's time to start digging..."

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