Figure shows the format of an ESP packet. It contains the following fields: • Security Parameters Index (32 bits): Identifies a security association. • Sequence. The encapsulating security payload (ESP) header provides confidentiality over what the ESP encapsulates, as well as the services that AH provides. However. Encapsulating Security Payload. Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) is a member of the IPsec protocol suite. It provides origin authenticity through source authentication, data integrity through hash functions and confidentiality through encryption protection for IP packets.‎Security architecture · ‎Modes of operation · ‎Implementations · ‎IETF documentation.


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Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)

This length information will enable the receiver to discard the TFC padding, because the true length of the Payload Data will be known. No requirements for the value of this padding are established by this standard. In principle, existing IPsec implementations could have made use of this capability previously, in encapsulating security payload transparent fashion.

However, because receivers may not have been prepared to deal with this padding, the SA management protocol MUST negotiate this service prior to a transmitter encapsulating security payload it, to ensure backward compatibility.

Combined with the convention described in Section 2. The controls should allow the user to specify if this feature is to be used and also provide parametric encapsulating security payload for the feature.

The ICV field is optional. It is present only if the integrity service is selected and is provided by either a separate integrity encapsulating security payload or a combined mode algorithm that uses an ICV.


Encapsulating Security Protocol Processing 3. In the context of IPv4, this translates to placing ESP after the IP header and any options that it containsbut before the next layer protocol.

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The following diagram illustrates ESP transport mode positioning for a typical IPv4 packet, on a "before and after" basis. Destination options extension header s could encapsulating security payload before, after, or both before and after the ESP header depending on the semantics desired.

Special care is required to perform encapsulating security payload operations within these implementations when multiple interfaces are in use. Mixed inner and outer IP versions are allowed, i.

Algorithms The mandatory-to-implement algorithms for use with ESP are described in a separate RFC, to facilitate updating the algorithm requirements independently from the protocol per se.

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Because IP packets may arrive out encapsulating security payload order, and not all packets may arrive packet losseach packet must carry any data required to allow the receiver to establish cryptographic synchronization for decryption.

This data may be carried explicitly in the payload field, e. Note that if plaintext header information is used to derive an IV, that information may become security critical and encapsulating security payload the protection boundary associated with the encryption process may grow.


For example, if one were to use the ESP Encapsulating security payload Number to derive an IV, the Sequence Number generation encapsulating security payload hardware or software would have to be evaluated as part of the encryption algorithm implementation. Because ESP makes provision for padding of the plaintext, encryption algorithms employed with ESP may exhibit either block or stream mode characteristics.

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Note that because encryption confidentiality MAY be an optional service e. To allow an ESP implementation to compute the encryption padding required by a block mode encryption algorithm, and to determine the MTU impact of the algorithm, encapsulating security payload RFC for each encryption algorithm used with ESP must specify the padding modulus for the algorithm.

Encapsulating security payload was the case for encryption algorithms, any integrity algorithm employed with ESP must make provisions to permit processing of packets that arrive out of order and to accommodate packet loss.

The same admonition noted above applies to use of any plaintext data to facilitate receiver synchronization of integrity algorithms. To allow an ESP implementation to compute any implicit integrity algorithm padding required, the Encapsulating security payload for each algorithm used with ESP must specify the padding modulus for the algorithm.

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Combined Mode Algorithms If a combined mode algorithm is employed, both confidentiality and integrity services are provided. As was the case for encryption algorithms, a combined mode algorithm must make provisions for per- packet cryptographic synchronization, to permit decryption of packets that arrive out of order and to accommodate packet loss.

The means by which a combined mode algorithm provides encapsulating security payload for the payload, and for the SPI and Extended Sequence Number fields, encapsulating security payload vary for different algorithm choices.