Contributed by marco on from the ipsec dept.
The OpenBSD IPSec hackathon is underway here at Castle Kransberg in Germany. We took 14 developers specializing in IPSec and sequestered them in a castle in the German countryside. From the first hour, the atmosphere has been focussed and at times very intense.
Some of the things that are being hacked on:
- pf tagging of IPSec packets based on the remote peer ID
- sasyncd and carp interaction with IPSec
- improved documentation for VPN setups
- interoperability with popular IPSec implementations
- getting tcpdump to behave with ESP and IPv6
- trying to fix bugs and improve performance
There is a lot of pressure to take advantage of these few days to solve some really hard problems and also to start hacking on IPSec improvements for release 4.1.
Schloss +Kransberg is a castle built in the middle ages and now owned by Klaus Landefeld, co-founder of DE-CIX and the founder of the international ISP Nacamar. The castle has been completely renovated on the inside, and we have made our hacking room in one of the offices in the business center. It is an ideal place for hacking because of the modern infrastructure (WiFi, fiber, and gigabit Ethernet everywhere with a very fast link to the Internet). The geography is also very convenient for us -- only about 40km from Frankfurt which made it an easy flight for developers coming from North America and Japan.
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