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IPSEC without encryption

Because of local laws, we are forced to setup a VPN site-to-site Internet tunnel without encryption. The question is: is it possible to configure IPSEC without encryption. If yes, which changes should I apply to the standard IPSEC configuration?

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Re: IPSEC without encryption

You can indeed use IPsec without encryption. Just use authentication. You need to configure your IPsec transform set something like this:

crypto ipsec transform-set ts ah-md5-hmac


crypto ipsec transform-set ts ah-sha-hmac

Hope this helps,

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Re: IPSEC without encryption

There is also the following :

esp-null ESP transform w/o cipher

You can add this to your tansform-set.

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Re: IPSEC without encryption

I suggest you just use GRE Tunneling and Authentication Header (AH) with Transport Mode.

Protect the GRE Tunnel Endpoints with AH

You can make sure that Data Traffic is not tampered with along the way (it is checksumed with MD5). But Encryption does not take place.

This design is more modular, as you can take the IPSec config away and your GRE will still work, if you ever wish to migrate to ESP (with DES or 3DES encryption).

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