[strongSwan] Recommendation for IKEv2 Capable Client on Win XP

Holger Rauch Holger.Rauch at empic.de
Mon Nov 8 12:43:17 CET 2010

Hi Andreas,

thanks a lot for your detailed response.
From: Andreas Steffen [andreas.steffen at strongswan.org]
Sent: Sunday, November 07, 2010 19:14
To: Holger Rauch
Cc: users at lists.strongswan.org
Subject: Re: [strongSwan] Recommendation for IKEv2 Capable Client on Win XP

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>Unfortunately we don't support any fallback from IKEv2 to IKEv1
>because the charon and pluto daemons are very loosely coupled.
>This might change in the future when IKEv2 might get integrated
>into the IKEv2 daemon (although we rather hope that IKEv1 will
>go away and rest in peace ;-) )

Ok, so that means I need pluto in addition to charon in order to be able to more easily support Win XP clients (SafeNet wants $149 for their HAremote product, which is not really cheap considering that we'll probably replace Win XP by Win7 in the foreseeable future). I would like to use strongSwan on FreeBSD 8.1 stable and noticed that "--disable-pluto" is passed to configure (by the security/strongswan port which builds strongSwan 4.4.0). The port maintainer obviously decided to follow the recommendations given here:


Could you please tell me why pluto is supposed to be disabled on FreeBSD?

Thanks in advance & kind regards,


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