[strongSwan-dev] Need clarification on INVALID-ID-INFORMATION notify message of quickmode negotiation

Tobias Brunner tobias at strongswan.org
Mon Nov 5 17:31:01 CET 2018

Hi Hussaina,

Any particular reason you are using IKEv1?  You should just switch to
IKEv2 to avoid any such issues.

> With IKEv1, when strongSwan(as responder) sends INVALID-ID-INFORMATION
> for IDii/IDir mismatch, it does not send SPI value of IKE SA. However,
> it sends 0 SPI in the quickmode negotiation along with HASH payload and

If you are referring to a mismatch in traffic selectors during Quick
Mode, then I can't confirm that.  The INFORMATIONAL sent by strongSwan
contains both SPIs (or "Cookies") in the IKE header in my tests, and it
is processed accordingly by the IKE_SA of the initiator.  What
strongSwan version are you using?

> Can someone clarify, whether strongSwan should send valid SPI with the

Hm, are you referring to the column captioned "SPI" in the table in
section 2.4 of RFC 2408?  If so, then definitely not.  That refers to
the SPI field in the Proposal payload (section 3.5 in the RFC).  Since
there is no such Payload in the INFORMATIONAL error response, there is
also no SPI field to set.


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