[strongSwan] tcpdump of ping over ipsec transport

Tobias Brunner tobias at strongswan.org
Mon Mar 23 14:35:48 CET 2020


> When I ping machine A from machine B, and I do 'tcpdump -i <dev> esp ‘
>  I dont see ESP packets going bi directional but rather only the replies
> from B to A. Is this the expected behavior of tcpdump in that case?

No.  While you'll only see inbound plaintext packets (see [1]), you
should see both ESP packets (unless one is sent/received over a
different interface or only one direction uses UDP-encapsulation, which
is unlikely).



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