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Scalable Public Key Infrastructure for Both OpenSWAN and OpenVPN

Nov 19, 2007, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth Bevilacqua)

"User management and the related cryptographic authentication infrastructure is a major hurdle in deploying scalable, manageable VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). After introducing VPNs and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and discussing some of the benefits and challenges of two popular VPN implementations, we'll document how to build a scalable PKI to simplify VPN authentication management.

"Two major pieces of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) for VPNs are OpenSWAN and OpenVPN. Generally speaking, OpenSWAN is lighter weight, faster, and largely interoperable with other IPSec (IP Security) implementations. For example, if you need to connect to a Cisco or a Linksys, OpenSWAN is recommended..."

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