Compression of IPsec AH and ESP Headers for 6LoWPAN Networks

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Authors Shahid Raza  , Simon Duquennoy  , Göran Selander 
Last updated 2016-09-19 (latest revision 2016-03-18)
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This document describes the header compression mechanisms for IPsec [RFC4301] based on the encoding scheme standardized in [RFC6282]. The IPsec Authentication Header (AH) and Encapsulated Security Payload (ESP) headers are compressed using Next Header Compression (NHC) defined in [RFC6282]. This document does not invalidate any encoding schemes proposed in 6LoWPAN [RFC6282] but rather complements it with compressed IPsec AH and ESP headers using the free bits in the IPv6 Extension Header encoding. Also, this document does not require any changes in a conventional IPsec host on the Internet; the header compression is applied only at the 6LoWPAN layer and is effective within 6LoWPAN networks.


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