| Name Default Enable
net.inet.ipsec.filtertunnel 0 1
net.inet6.ipsec6.filtertunnel 0 1
ipsec is controlled by a key management and policy engine, that reside in the operating system kernel. Key management is the process of associating keys with security associations, also know as SAs. Policy management dictates when new security associations created or destroyed.
The key management engine can be accessed from userland by using PF_KEY sockets. The PF_KEY socket API is defined in RFC2367.
The policy engine is controlled by an extension to the PF_KEY API, setsockopt(2) operations, and sysctl(3) interface. The kernel implements an extended version of the PF_KEY interface and allows the programmer to define IPsec policies which are similar to the per-packet filters. The setsockopt(2) interface is used to define per-socket behavior, and sysctl(3) interface is used to define host-wide default behavior.
The kernel code does not implement a dynamic encryption key exchange protocol such as IKE (Internet Key Exchange). Key exchange protocols are beyond what is necessary in the kernel and should be implemented as daemon processes which call the APIs.
IPsec policies can be managed in one of two ways, either by configuring per-socket policies using the setsockopt(2) system calls, or by configuring kernel level packet filter-based policies using the PF_KEY interface, via the setkey(8) you can define IPsec policies against packets using rules similar to packet filtering rules. Refer to setkey(8) on how to use it.
When setting policies using the setkey(8) command, the "default" option instructs the system to use its default policy, as explained below, for processing packets. The following sysctl variables are available for configuring the systems IPsec behavior. The variables can have one of two values. A 1 means "use", which means that if there is a security association then use it but if there is not then the packets are not processed by IPsec. The value 2 is synonymous with "require", which requires that a security association must exist for the packets to move, and not be dropped. These terms are defined in ipsec_set_policy(8).
Name Type Changeable
net.inet.ipsec.esp_trans_deflev integer yes
net.inet.ipsec.esp_net_deflev integer yes
net.inet.ipsec.ah_trans_deflev integer yes
net.inet.ipsec.ah_net_deflev integer yes
net.inet6.ipsec6.esp_trans_deflev integer yes
net.inet6.ipsec6.esp_net_deflev integer yes
net.inet6.ipsec6.ah_trans_deflev integer yes
net.inet6.ipsec6.ah_net_deflev integer yes
If the kernel does not find a matching, system wide, policy then the default value is applied. The system wide default policy is specified by the following sysctl(8) variables. 0 means "discard" which asks the kernel to drop the packet. 1 means "none".
Name Type Changeable
net.inet.ipsec.def_policy integer yes
net.inet6.ipsec6.def_policy integer yes
When the ipsec protocols are configured for use, all protocols are included in the system. To selectively enable/disable protocols, use sysctl(8).
In addition the following variables are accessible via sysctl(8), for tweaking the kernels IPsec behavior:
Name Type Changeable
net.inet.ipsec.ah_cleartos integer yes
net.inet.ipsec.ah_offsetmask integer yes
net.inet.ipsec.dfbit integer yes
net.inet.ipsec.ecn integer yes
net.inet.ipsec.debug integer yes
net.inet6.ipsec6.ecn integer yes
net.inet6.ipsec6.debug integer yes
The variables are interpreted as follows:
ipsec.ah_cleartos If set to non-zero, the kernel clears the type-of-service field in the IPv4 header during AH authentication data computation. This variable is used to get current systems to inter-operate with devices that implement RFC1826 AH. It should be set to non-zero (clear the type-of-service field) for RFC2402 conformance. ipsec.ah_offsetmask During AH authentication data computation, the kernel will include a 16bit fragment offset field (including flag bits) in the IPv4 header, after computing logical AND with the variable. The variable is used for inter-operating with devices that implement RFC1826 AH. It should be set to zero (clear the fragment offset field during computation) for RFC2402 conformance. ipsec.dfbit This variable configures the kernel behavior on IPv4 IPsec tunnel encapsulation. If set to 0, the DF bit on the outer IPv4 header will be cleared while 1 means that the outer DF bit is set regardless from the inner DF bit and 2 indicates that the DF bit is copied from the inner header to the outer one. The variable is supplied to conform to RFC2401 chapter 6.1. ipsec.ecn If set to non-zero, IPv4 IPsec tunnel encapsulation/decapsulation behavior will be friendly to ECN (explicit congestion notification), as documented in draft-ietf-ipsec-ecn-02.txt. gif(4) talks more about the behavior. ipsec.debug If set to non-zero, debug messages will be generated via syslog(3).
Variables under the net.inet6.ipsec6 tree have similar meanings to those described above.
The ipsec protocol acts as a plug-in to the inet(4) and inet6(4) protocols and therefore supports most of the protocols defined upon those IP-layer protocols. The icmp(4) and icmp6(4) protocols may behave differently with ipsec because ipsec can prevent icmp(4) or icmp6(4) routines from looking into the IP payload.
ioctl(2), socket(2), ipsec_set_policy(3), crypto(4), enc(4), icmp6(4), intro(4), ip6(4), setkey(8), sysctl(8)
.Rs IP Authentication Header
.Rs IP Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)
.Rs PF_KEY Key Management API, Version 2
.Rs A Simple IP Security API Extension to BSD Sockets
The original ipsec implementation appeared in the WIDE/KAME IPv6/IPsec stack.
.Fx 5.0 a fully locked IPsec implementation called fast_ipsec was brought in. The protocols drew heavily on the
.Ox implementation of the IPsec protocols. The policy management code was derived from the KAME implementation found in their IPsec protocols. The fast_ipsec implementation lacked ip6(4) support but made use of the crypto(4) subsystem.
.Fx 7.0 ip6(4) support was added to fast_ipsec. After this the old KAME IPsec implementation was dropped and fast_ipsec became what now is the only ipsec implementation in
There is no single standard for the policy engine API, so the policy engine API described herein is just for this implementation.
AH and tunnel mode encapsulation may not work as you might expect. If you configure inbound "require" policy with an AH tunnel or any IPsec encapsulating policy with AH (like "esp/tunnel/A-B/use ah/transport/A-B/require"), tunnelled packets will be rejected. This is because the policy check is enforced on the inner packet on reception, and AH authenticates encapsulating (outer) packet, not the encapsulated (inner) packet (so for the receiving kernel there is no sign of authenticity). The issue will be solved when we revamp our policy engine to keep all the packet decapsulation history.
When a large database of security associations or policies is present in the kernel the SADB_DUMP and SADB_SPDDUMP operations on PF_KEY sockets may fail due to lack of space. Increasing the socket buffer size may alleviate this problem.
The IPcomp protocol may occasionally error because of zlib(3) problems.
This documentation needs more review.