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  During spring 1998, Ericsson Radio Systems was looking for technology that could secure general IP-traffic in networks of tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of participating hosts. Fairly soon it became evident that IPsec was the right approach, but it was not at all clear what IKE implementation to use. The IKE standard was still evolving, and available implementations were lacking in either functionality, portability, exportability, or scalability. After having been presented with the state of the IKE market, Ericsson agreed to fund the development of an IKE implementation written from scratch, isakmpd. The initial authors were Niklas Hallqvist and Niels Provos, both from the OpenBSD project.


Angelos D. Keromytis