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SearchOpenSource: OpenVPN: IPSec-Like Security with IPSec-less Simplicity

Jun 30, 2006, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Justin Korelc, Ed Tittel)

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"Virtual private networks, or VPNs, are obviously the most secure solution for allowing mobile employees to access the corporate network from outside the premises. But because VPNs are easily broken by network address translation (NAT) or stifled by restrictive ACL rules, they pose interesting challenges to enterprise network administration policy and procedure in terms of configuration, implementation and usage.

"IPSec-derived VPN solutions can be confusing to inexperienced administrators; they are difficult to configure because so many parameters are involved. Worse yet, IPSec operates in kernel mode, an excellent leverage point for potential attackers..."

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