Encapsulating Security Payload: Strengths and Weaknesses

Contributed by Shawn W. Toderick

IP Security is a large and complicated specification that has many options and is very flexible. The Encapsulating Security Payload protocol can handle all of the services IPsec requires. This paper will attempt to discuss the Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) protocol – a comparison with Authentication Header, and ESP weaknesses and strengths.

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