NRL IPv6+IPsec Software Distribution

Alpha Release 4 -- Release Notes -- Abridged Version for WWW


The NRL IPv6/IPsec Software Distribution is a reference implementation of IPv6 and IP Security for the 4.4BSD-Lite networking software. It is freely distributable (subject to U.S. export controls) and usable for commercial and non-commercial purposes as long as the NRL and UC Berkeley license terms are adhered to.

We have tested this software on SPARC systems using the UC Berkeley 4.4 BSD UNIX operating system with 4.4-Lite updates. We have also tested this software on x86 systems running NetBSD 1.2, SPARC systems running NetBSD 1.2, and x86 systems using BSDI 2.1. We believe that our code should be easily portable to reasonable 4.4BSD derived systems (BSDI, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Lites). We believe that it would be difficult, though not impossible, to port our code to other systems.

This implementation includes kernel networking software, a small IPv6 support library, and several applications (e.g. telnet, telnetd, ping, tftp, tftpd, socktest, netstat, ifconfig, ping, route, tcpdump) modified to support IPv6/IPsec. This implementation also includes the NRL Key Engine (aka PF_KEY) and applications to interface with it. There are manual pages for the modified and new software, but they might not yet be as detailed as one might like.

This "alpha-quality" release of the IPv6 software is intended to be used by kernel hackers and implementers who want to get early access and experience with IPv6 and IPsec. Use at your own risk. It is complete enough to use for experimenting but it is not entirely complete. In some areas this is because the IPv6 specifications are not yet stable.

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Download the code! If you are in the U.S., get the code from MIT or cisco Systems. Users outside the U.S. are on their own -- parts of the code are export controlled.

As a last resort, you can send specific questions to < >. DO NOT send junk e-mail or questions not specifically related to the NRL IPv6+IPsec code to this address.