Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) is a set of protocols defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to secure packet exchange over unprotected IP/IPv6 networks such as Internet.
IpSec protocol suite can be divided in following groups:
- Authentication Header (AH) RFC 4302
- Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) RFC 4303
- Internet Key Exchange (IKE) protocols. Dynamically generates and distributes cryptographic keys for AH and ESP.
Authentication Header (AH)
AH is a protocol that provides authentication of either all or part of the contents of a datagram through the addition of a header that is calculated based on the values in the datagram. What parts of the datagram are used for the calculation, and the placement of the header, depends whether tunnel or transport mode is used.
The presence of the AH header allows to verify the integrity of the message, but doesn't encrypt it. Thus, AH provides authentication but not privacy. Another protocol (ESP) is considered superior, it provides data privacy and also its own authentication method.
RouterOS supports the following authentication algorithms for AH:
- SHA2 (256, 512)
In transport mode AH header is inserted after IP header. IP data and header is used to calculate authentication value. IP fields that might change during transit, like TTL and hop count, are set to zero values before authentication.
In tunnel mode original IP packet is encapsulated within a new IP packet. All of the original IP packet is authenticated.
Encapsulating Security Payload
Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) uses shared key encryption to provide data privacy. ESP also supports its own authentication scheme like that used in AH.
ESP packages its fields in a very different way than AH. Instead of having just a header, it divides its fields into three components:
- ESP Header - Comes before the encrypted data and its placement depends on whether ESP is used in transport mode or tunnel mode.
- ESP Trailer - This section is placed after the encrypted data. It contains padding that is used to align the encrypted data.
- ESP Authentication Data - This field contains an Integrity Check Value (ICV), computed in a manner similar to how the AH protocol works, for when ESP's optional authentication feature is used.
In transport mode ESP header is inserted after original IP header. ESP trailer and authentication value is added to the end of the packet. In this mode only IP payload is encrypted and authenticated, IP header is not secured.
In tunnel mode original IP packet is encapsulated within a new IP packet thus securing IP payload and IP header.
RouterOS ESP supports various encryption and authentication algorithms.
- SHA2 (256-bit, 512-bit)
- AES - 128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit key AES-CBC, AES-CTR and AES-GCM algorithms;
- Blowfish - added since v4.5
- Twofish - added since v4.5
- Camellia - 128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit key Camellia encryption algorithm added since v4.5
- DES - 56-bit DES-CBC encryption algorithm;
- 3DES - 168-bit DES encryption algorithm;
Hardware acceleration allows to do faster encryption process by using built-in encryption engine inside CPU.
|x86 (AES-NI) **||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
* only manufactured since 2016, serial numbers that begin with number 5 and 7
** AES-CBC and AES-CTR only encryption is accelerated, hashing done in software
IPsec throughput results of various encryption and hash algorithm combinations are published on MikroTik products page. When testing throughput, please follow the guidelines available in the Traffic Generator manual page
Internet Key Exchange Protocol
The Internet Key Exchange (IKE) is a protocol that provides authenticated keying material for Internet Security Association and Key Management Protocol (ISAKMP) framework. There are other key exchange schemes that work with ISAKMP, but IKE is the most widely used one. Together they provide means for authentication of hosts and automatic management of security associations (SA).
Most of the time IKE daemon is doing nothing. There are two possible situations when it is activated:
There is some traffic caught by a policy rule which needs to become encrypted or authenticated, but the policy doesn't have any SAs. The policy notifies IKE daemon about that, and IKE daemon initiates connection to remote host. IKE daemon responds to remote connection. In both cases, peers establish connection and execute 2 phases:
- Phase 1 - The peers agree upon algorithms they will use in the following IKE messages and authenticate. The keying material used to derive keys for all SAs and to protect following ISAKMP exchanges between hosts is generated also. This phase should match following settings:
- authentication method
- DH group
- encryption algorithm
- exchange mode
- hash alorithm
- DPD and lifetime (optional)
- Phase 2 - The peers establish one or more SAs that will be used by IPsec to encrypt data. All SAs established by IKE daemon will have lifetime values (either limiting time, after which SA will become invalid, or amount of data that can be encrypted by this SA, or both). This phase should match following settings:
- Ipsec protocol
- mode (tunnel or transport)
- authentication method
- PFS (DH) group
IKE can optionally provide a Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS), which is a property of key exchanges, that, in turn, means for IKE that compromising the long term phase 1 key will not allow to easily gain access to all IPsec data that is protected by SAs established through this phase 1. It means an additional keying material is generated for each phase 2.
Generation of keying material is computationally very expensive. Exempli gratia, the use of modp8192 group can take several seconds even on very fast computer. It usually takes place once per phase 1 exchange, which happens only once between any host pair and then is kept for long time. PFS adds this expensive operation also to each phase 2 exchange.
Diffie-Hellman (DH) key exchange protocol allows two parties without any initial shared secret to create one securely. The following Modular Exponential (MODP) and Elliptic Curve (EC2N) Diffie-Hellman (also known as "Oakley") Groups are supported:
|Group 1||768 bit MODP group||RFC 2409|
|Group 2||1024 bits MODP group||RFC 2409|
|Group 3||EC2N group on GP(2^155)||RFC 2409|
|Group 4||EC2N group on GP(2^185)||RFC 2409|
|Group 5||1536 bits MODP group||RFC 3526|
|Group 14||2048 bits MODP group||RFC 3526|
|Group 15||3072 bits MODP group||RFC 3526|
|Group 16||4096 bits MODP group||RFC 3526|
|Group 17||6144 bits MODP group||RFC 3526|
More on standards can be found here.
To avoid problems with IKE packets hit some SPD rule and require to encrypt it with not yet established SA (that this packet perhaps is trying to establish), locally originated packets with UDP source port 500 are not processed with SPD. The same way packets with UDP destination port 500 that are to be delivered locally are not processed in incoming policy check.
To get IPsec to work with automatic keying using IKE-ISAKMP you will have to configure policy, peer and proposal (optional) entries.
EAP Authentication methods
|Outer Auth||Inner Auth|
EAP-TLS on Windows is called "Smart Card or other certificate".
/ip ipsec mode-config
|address-pool (none | string; Default: )||Name of the address pool from which responder will try to assign address if mode-config is enabled.|
|address-prefix-length (integer [1..32]; Default: )||Prefix length (netmask) of assigned address from the pool.|
|comment (string; Default: )|
|name (string; Default: )|
|static-dns (IP; Default: )||Manually specified DNS server's IP address to be sent to the client|
|system-dns (yes | no; Default: )||When this option is enabled DNS addresses will be taken from /ip dns|
|split-include (list of ip prefix; Default: )||List of subnets in CIDR format, which to tunnel. Subnets will be sent to the peer using CISCO UNITY extension, remote peer will create specific dynamic policies.|
/ip ipsec user
List of allowed XAuth users
|address (IP; Default: )||IP address assigned to the client. If not set dynamic address is used allocated from the address-pool defined in Mode Config menu.|
|name (string; Default: )||Username|
|password (string; Default: )|
/ip ipsec peer
Peer configuration settings are used to establish connections between IKE daemons ( phase 1 configuration). This connection then will be used to negotiate keys and algorithms for SAs.
Starting from v6rc12 responder side now uses initiator exchange type for peer config selection. It means that you can configure multiple ipsec peers with the same address but different exchange modes.
|address (IP/IPv6 Prefix; Default: 0.0.0.0/0)||If remote peer's address matches this prefix, then the peer configuration is used in authentication and establishment of Phase 1. If several peer's addresses match several configuration entries, the most specific one (i.e. the one with largest netmask) will be used.|
|auth-method (eap-radius | pre-shared-key | pre-shared-key-xauth | rsa-signature | rsa-key | rsa-signature-hybrid; Default: pre-shared-key)||Authentication method:
|certificate (string; Default: )||Name of a certificate listed in certificate table (signing packets; the certificate must have private key). Applicable if RSA signature authentication method (auth-method=rsa-signature) is used.|
|comment (string; Default: )||Short description of the peer.|
|compatibility-options (skip-peer-id-validation; Default: )||Compatibility options to work with peers not following RFC guidelines.|
|dh-group (ec2n155 | ec2n185 | modp1024 | modp1536 | modp2048 | modp3072 | modp4096 | modp6144 | modp768; Default: modp1024)||Diffie-Hellman group (cipher strength)|
|disabled (yes | no; Default: no)||Whether peer is used to match remote peer's prefix.|
|dpd-interval (time | disable-dpd; Default: 2m)||Dead peer detection interval. If set to disable-dpd, dead peer detection will not be used.|
|dpd-maximum-failures (integer: 1..100; Default: 5)||Maximum count of failures until peer is considered to be dead. Applicable if DPD is enabled.|
|enc-algorithm (3des | aes-128 | aes-192 | aes-256 | blowfish | camellia-128 | camellia-192 | camellia-256 | des; Default: aes-128)||List of encryption algorithms that will be used by the peer.|
|exchange-mode (aggressive | base | main | main-l2tp | ike2; Default: main)||Different ISAKMP phase 1 exchange modes according to RFC 2408. Do not use other modes then main unless you know what you are doing. main-l2tp mode relaxes rfc2409 section 5.4, to allow pre-shared-key authentication in main mode. ike2 mode enables Ikev2 RFC 7296. Parameters that are ignored by Ikev2 proposal-check, compatibility-options, lifebytes, dpd-maximum-failures.|
|generate-policy (no | port-override | port-strict; Default: no)||Allow this peer to establish SA for non-existing policies. Such policies are created dynamically for the lifetime of SA. Automatic policies allows, for example, to create IPsec secured L2TP tunnels, or any other setup where remote peer's IP address is not known at the configuration time.
|hash-algorithm (md5 | sha1 | sha256 | sha512; Default: sha1)||Hashing algorithm. SHA (Secure Hash Algorithm) is stronger, but slower. MD5 uses 128-bit key, sha1-160bit key.|
|key (string; Default: )||Name of the key from key menu. Applicable if auth-method=rsa-key.|
|lifebytes (Integer: 0..4294967295; Default: 0)||Phase 1 lifebytes is used only as administrative value which is added to proposal. Used in cases if remote peer requires specific lifebytes value to establish phase 1.|
|lifetime (time; Default: 1d)||Phase 1 lifetime: specifies how long the SA will be valid.|
|local-address (IP/IPv6 Address; Default: )||Routers local address on which Phase 1 should be bounded to.|
|mode-config (none | request-only | string; Default: none)||Name of the mode config parameters from
|my-id (auto | fqdn | user-fqdn | key-id; Default: auto)||This parameter sets IKE ID to specified mode. It is possible to manually set two modes FQDN and USER_FQDN.
|nat-traversal (yes | no; Default: no)||Use Linux NAT-T mechanism to solve IPsec incompatibility with NAT routers inbetween IPsec peers. This can only be used with ESP protocol (AH is not supported by design, as it signs the complete packet, including IP header, which is changed by NAT, rendering AH signature invalid). The method encapsulates IPsec ESP traffic into UDP streams in order to overcome some minor issues that made ESP incompatible with NAT.|
|notrack-chain (string; Default: )||Adds raw firewall rules matching ipsec policy to specified chain.|
|passive (yes | no; Default: no)||When passive mode is enabled will wait for remote peer to initiate IKE connection. Enabled passive mode also indicates that peer is xauth responder, and disabled passive mode - xauth initiator. When passive mode is disabled peer will try to establish not only phase1, but also phase2 automatically, if policies are configured or created during phase1.|
|policy-template-group (none | string; Default: )||If generate-policy is enabled, responder checks against templates from the same group. If none of the templates match, Phase2 SA will not be established.|
|port (integer:0..65535; Default: 500)||Communication port used (when router is initiator) to connect to remote peer in cases if remote peer uses non-default port.|
|proposal-check (claim | exact | obey | strict; Default: obey)||Phase 2 lifetime check logic:
|remote-certificate (string; Default: )||Name of a certificate (listed in certificate table) for authenticating the remote side (validating packets; no private key required). Applicable if RSA signature authentication method is used. If remote-certificate is not specified then received certificate from remote peer is used and checked against CA in certificate store. Proper CA must be imported in certificate store.|
|secret (string; Default: )||Secret string (in case pre-shared key authentication is used). If it starts with '0x', it is parsed as a hexadecimal value|
|send-initial-contact (yes | no; Default: yes)||Specifies whether to send "initial contact" IKE packet or wait for remote side, this packet should trigger removal of old peer SAs for current source address. Usually in road warrior setups clients are initiators and this parameter should be set to no. Initial contact is not sent if modecfg or xauth is enabled for ikev1.|
|xauth-login (string; Default: )||initiator (client) XAuth username|
|xauth-password (string; Default: )||initiator (client) XAuth password|
/ip ipsec key
This submenu list all imported public/private keys, that can be used for peer authentication. Submenu also has several commands to work with keys.
For example print below shows two imported 1024-bit keys, one public and one private.
[admin@PoETik] /ip ipsec key> print Flags: P - private-key, R - rsa # NAME KEY-SIZE 0 PR priv 1024-bit 1 R pub 1024-bit
|export-pub-key (file-name; key)||Export public key to file from one of existing private keys.|
|generate-key (key-size; name)||Generate private key. Takes two parameters, name of newly generated key and key size 1024,2048 and 4096.|
|import (file-name; name)||Import key from file.|
/ip ipsec policy
Policy table is used to determine whether security settings should be applied to a packet.
|action (discard | encrypt | none; Default: encrypt)||Specifies what to do with packet matched by the policy.
|comment (string; Default: )||Short description of the policy|
|disabled (yes | no; Default: no)||Whether policy is used to match packets.|
|dst-address (IP/IPv6 prefix; Default: 0.0.0.0/32)||Destination address to be matched in packets.|
|dst-port (integer:0..65535 | any; Default: any)||Destination port to be matched in packets. If set to any all ports will be matched|
|group (string; Default: default)||Name of the policy group to which this template is assigned.|
|ipsec-protocols (ah | esp; Default: esp)||Specifies what combination of Authentication Header and Encapsulating Security Payload protocols you want to apply to matched traffic|
|level (require | unique | use; Default: require)||Specifies what to do if some of the SAs for this policy cannot be found:
|manual-sa (string | none; Default: none)||Name of the manual SA template|
|proposal (string; Default: default)||Name of the proposal template that will be sent by IKE daemon to establish SAs for this policy.|
|protocol (all | egp | ggp| icmp | igmp | ...; Default: all)||IP packet protocol to match.|
|sa-dst-address (ip/ipv6 address; Default: ::)||SA destination IP/IPv6 address (remote peer).|
|sa-src-address (ip/ipv6 address; Default: ::)||SA source IP/IPv6 address (local peer).|
|src-address (ip/ipv6 prefix; Default: 0.0.0.0/32)||Source IP prefix|
|src-port (any | integer:0..65535; Default: any)||Source Port of the packet|
|template (yes | no; Default: no)||Creates a template and assigns it to specified policy group
Following parameters are used by template:
|tunnel (yes | no; Default: no)||Specifies whether to use tunnel mode|
|ph2-count (integer)||Number of active phase2 sessions associated with the policy.|
|ph2-state (expired | no-phase2 | established)||Indication of the progress of key establishing.|
|priority ()||Shows kernel priority|
Additionally you can get policy stats with command
/ip ipsec policy print stats will show current status of the policy. Additional read-only parameters will be printed.
|in-accepted (integer)||How many incoming packets were passed by the policy without an attempt to decrypt.|
|in-dropped (integer)||How many incoming packets were dropped by the policy without an attempt to decrypt|
|in-transformed (integer)||How many incoming packets were decrypted (ESP) and/or verified (AH) by the policy|
|out-accepted (integer)||How many outgoing packets were passed by the policy without an attempt to encrypt.|
|out-dropped (integer)||How many outgoing packets were dropped by the policy without an attempt to encrypt.|
|out-transformed (integer)||How many outgoing packets were encrypted (ESP) and/or verified (AH) by the policy.|
/ip ipsec policy group
|name (string; Default: )|
|comment (string; Default: )|
/ip ipsec proposal
|auth-algorithms (md5|sha1|null|sha256|sha512; Default: sha1)||Allowed algorithms for authorization. SHA (Secure Hash Algorithm) is stronger, but slower. MD5 uses 128-bit key, sha1-160bit key..|
|comment (string; Default: )||Short description of an item.|
|disabled (yes | no; Default: no)||Whether item is disabled.|
|enc-algorithms (null|des|3des|aes-128-cbc|aes-128-cbc|aes-128gcm|aes-192-cbc|aes-192-ctr|aes-192-gcm|aes-256-cbc|aes-256-ctr|aes-256-gcm|blowfish|camellia-128|camellia-192|camellia-256|twofish; Default: aes-128-cbc)||Allowed algorithms and key lengths to use for SAs.|
|lifetime (time; Default: 30m)||How long to use SA before throwing it out.|
|name (string; Default: )||Name of the proposal template, that will be identified in other parts of ipsec configuration.|
|pfs-group (ec2n155 | ec2n185 | modp1024 | modp1536 | modp2048 | modp3072 | modp4096 | modp6144 | modp768 | none; Default: modp1024)||Diffie-Helman group used for Perfect Forward Secrecy.|
/ip ipsec manual-sa
Menu is used to configure SAs manually. Created SA template then can be used in policy configuration.
in,out = md5|null|sha1; Default: null)
|Authentication Header encryption algorithm.|
|ah-key (string/string; Default: )||Incoming-authentication-key/outgoing-authentication-key|
|ah-spi (0x100..FFFFFFFF/0x100..FFFFFFFF; Default: 0x100)||Incoming-SA-SPI/outgoing-SA-SPI|
|disabled (yes | no; Default: no)||Defines whether item is ignored or used|
in,out = md5|null|sha1; Default: null)
|Encapsulating Security Payload authentication encryption algorithm|
|esp-auth-key (string/string; Default: )||Incoming-authentication-key/outgoing -authentication-key|
in,out = 3des | aes-128 | aes-192 | aes-256 | des | ...; Default: null)
|esp-enc-key (string/string; Default: )||Incoming-encryption-key/outgoing-encryption-key|
|esp-spi (0x100..FFFFFFFF/0x100..FFFFFFFF; Default: 0x100)||Incoming-SA-SPI/outgoing-SA-SPI|
|lifetime (time; Default: 0s)||Lifetime of this SA|
|name (string; Default: )||Name of the item for reference from policies|
/ip ipsec installed-sa
This facility provides information about installed security associations including the keys.
|AH (yes | no)|
|ESP (yes | no)|
|add-lifetime (time/time)||Added lifetime for the SA in format soft/hard
|addtime (time)||Date and time when this SA was added.|
|auth-algorithm (sha1 | md5)||Shows currently used authentication algorithm|
|auth-key (string)||Shows used authentication key|
|current-bytes (64-bit integer)||Shows number of bytes seen by this SA.|
|enc-algorithm (des | 3des | aes ...)||Shows currently used encryption algorithm|
|pfs (yes | no)|
|state (string)||Shows the current state of the SA ("mature", "dying" etc)|
Sometimes after incorrect/incomplete negotiations took place, it is required to flush manually the installed SA table so that SA could be renegotiated. This option is provided by the
/ip ipsec installed-sa flush command.
This command accepts only one property:
|sa-type (ah | all | esp; Default: all)||Specifies SA types to flush:
/ip ipsec remote-peers
This submenu provides you with various statistics about remote peers that currently have established phase 1 connections with this router. Note that if peer doesn't show up here, it doesn't mean that no IPsec traffic is being exchanged with it.
Read only properties:
|local-address (ip/ipv6 address)||Local ISAKMP SA address on the router used by the peer|
|remote-address (ip/ipv6 address)||Remote peer's ip/ipv6 address|
|side (initiator | responder)||Shows which side initiated the Phase1 negotiation.|
|state (string)||State of phase 1 negotiation with the peer. For example when phase1 and phase 2 are negotiated it will show state "established".|
|established (time)||How long peers are in established state.|
Closing all IPsec connections
Menu has a command to quickly close all established ipsec connections. This command will clear all installed SAs (Phase2) and remove all entries from remote-peers menu (Phase1).
/ip ipsec remote-peers kill-connections
/ip ipsec statistics
This menu shows various ipsec statistics
|in-errors (integer)||All inbound errors that are not matched by other counters.|
|in-buffer-errors (integer)||No free buffer.|
|in-header-errors (integer)||Header error|
|in-no-states (integer)||No state is found i.e. Either inbound SPI, address, or IPsec protocol at SA is wrong|
|in-state-protocol-errors (integer)||Transformation protocol specific error, for example SA key is wrong or hardware accelerator is unable to handle amount of packets.|
|in-state-mode-errors (integer)||Transformation mode specific error|
|in-state-sequence-errors (integer)||Sequence number is out of window|
|in-state-expired (integer)||State is expired|
|in-state-mismatches (integer)||State has mismatched option, for example UDP encapsulation type is mismatched.|
|in-state-invalid (integer)||State is invalid|
|in-template-mismatches (integer)||No matching template for states, e.g. Inbound SAs are correct but SP rule is wrong. Possible cause is mismatched sa-source or sa-destination address.|
|in-no-policies (integer)||No policy is found for states, e.g. Inbound SAs are correct but no SP is found|
|in-policy-blocked (integer)||Policy discards|
|in-policy-errors (integer)||Policy errors|
|out-errors (integer)||All outbound errors that are not matched by other counters|
|out-bundle-errors (integer)||Bundle generation error|
|out-bundle-check-errors (integer)||Bundle check error|
|out-no-states (integer)||No state is found|
|out-state-protocol-errors (integer)||Transformation protocol specific error|
|out-state-mode-errors (integer)||Transformation mode specific error|
|out-state-sequence-errors (integer)||Sequence errors, for example Sequence number overflow|
|out-state-expired (integer)||State is expired|
|out-policy-blocked (integer)||Policy discards|
|out-policy-dead (integer)||Policy is dead|
|out-policy-errors (integer)||Policy error|
Simple Mutual PSK XAuth Config
Server side config:
/ip ipsec peer add address=184.108.40.206 auth-method=pre-shared-key-xauth secret="123" passive=yes /ip ipsec user add name=test password=345
Client side config:
/ip ipsec peer add address=220.127.116.11 auth-method=pre-shared-key-xauth secret="123" \ xauth-login=test xauth-password=345
Road Warrior setup with Mode Conf
Consider setup where worker need to access other co-workers (workstations) and local office server remotely. Office has two subnets:
- 192.168.55.0/24 for workstations
- 192.168.66.0/24 network that must not be reachable by RoadWarrior clients
- 10.5.8.0/24 for servers
And access to those networks should be secure.
Typically in RoadWarrior setups as this it is impossible to know from which address user will connect, so we need to set up generate-policy parameter on the server side. However this leads to other problems, client can generate any policy and access any network in the office. Even set 0.0.0.0/0 and deny internet access to office workers.
Mode Conf, policy group and policy templates will allow us to overcome these problems.
IPsec Server Config
At first we need a pool from which RoadWarrior will will get an address. Typically in office you set up DHCP server for local workstations, the same DHCP pool can be used.
/ip pool add name=ipsec-RW ranges=192.168.77.2-192.168.77.254
Next we need to set up what settings to send to the client using Mode Conf.
/ip ipsec mode-config add address-pool=ipsec-RW name=RW-cfg split-include=\ 10.5.8.0/24,192.168.55.0/24
As you can see we specified from which pool to give out address and two allowed subnets.
Now to allow only specific source/destination address in generated policies we will use policy group and create policy templates:
/ip ipsec policy group add name=RoadWarrior /ip ipsec policy add dst-address=192.168.77.0/24 group=RoadWarrior src-address=10.5.8.0/24 \ template=yes add dst-address=192.168.77.0/24 group=RoadWarrior src-address=192.168.55.0/24 \ template=yes
Now we just add xauth users and peer with enabled Mode Conf and policy group.
/ip ipsec user add name=user1 password=123 add name=user2 password=234 /ip ipsec peer add auth-method=pre-shared-key-xauth generate-policy=port-strict mode-config=RW-cfg \ policy-template-group=RoadWarrior secret=123 passive=yes
Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad) Client
For iOS devices to be able to connect, proposal changes are needed:
- does not work with 3des encryption algorithm, aes-128/256 works
- auth algorithm must be sha1
- PFS group must be none
- lifetime must be 8 hours
Example of valid proposal configuration for iOS devices:
/ip ipsec proposal set default enc-algorithms=aes-128-cbc,aes-256-cbc lifetime=8h \ pfs-group=none
Android Client Notes
Android devices are trying to add policy with destination 0.0.0.0/0, so you have to make sure that correct policy template is added.
In our case we need to add:
/ip ipsec policy add group=RoadWarrior dst-address=192.168.77.0/24 src-address=0.0.0.0/0 template=yes
RouterOS Client Config
/ip ipsec peer add address=18.104.22.168 auth-method=pre-shared-key-xauth generate-policy=port-strict secret=123 \ xauth-login=user1 xauth-password=123 mode-config=request-only
Shrew Client Config
n:version:2 n:network-ike-port:500 n:network-mtu-size:1380 n:network-natt-port:4500 n:network-natt-rate:15 n:network-frag-size:540 n:network-dpd-enable:0 n:client-banner-enable:0 n:network-notify-enable:0 n:client-wins-used:0 n:client-wins-auto:1 n:client-dns-used:1 n:client-dns-auto:0 n:client-splitdns-used:1 n:client-splitdns-auto:0 n:phase1-dhgroup:2 n:phase1-life-secs:86400 n:phase1-life-kbytes:0 n:vendor-chkpt-enable:0 n:phase2-life-secs:300 n:phase2-life-kbytes:0 n:policy-nailed:1 n:policy-list-auto:1 n:client-addr-auto:1 s:network-host:22.214.171.124 s:client-auto-mode:pull s:client-iface:virtual s:network-natt-mode:disable s:network-frag-mode:disable s:auth-method:mutual-psk-xauth s:ident-client-type:address s:ident-server-type:address b:auth-mutual-psk:MTIz s:phase1-exchange:main s:phase1-cipher:3des s:phase1-hash:md5 s:phase2-transform:esp-3des s:phase2-hmac:sha1 s:ipcomp-transform:disabled n:phase2-pfsgroup:2 s:policy-level:require
Road Warrior setup using IKEv2 with RSA authentication
Consider the same setup scenario as in Road Warrior setup with Mode Conf example.
RouterOS server setup
Before we start to configure ipsec, we will need certificates. Some certificate requirements should be met to connect various devices to our server:
- Common name should contain IP or DNS name of the server (required by Windows)
- Subject Alt name should have IP or DNS of the server (required for other clients, like strongSwan client on Android)
- EKU tls-server and tls-client is required for Windows.
Considering all requirements above, lets make server and client certificates:
/certificate add common-name=ca name=ca sign ca ca-crl-host=126.96.36.199 add common-name=188.8.131.52 subject-alt-name=IP:184.108.40.206 key-usage=tls-server name=server1 sign server1 ca=ca add common-name=client1 key-usage=tls-client name=client1 sign client1 ca=ca add common-name=client2 key-usage=tls-client name=client2
Now that we have certificates, server can be configured. Note that windows client requires modeconf, so we will use it to give out IP addresses from pool and send DNS, we also need to modify default template a little, to allow policies only from specific source addresses and generate unique level (required by multiple clients behind the same public IP):
/ip pool add name=rw-pool ranges=192.168.77.2-192.168.77.254 /ip ipsec policy set 0 level=unique dst-address=192.168.77.0/24 /ip ipsec mode-conf add name=cfg1 system-dns=yes address-pool=rw-pool address-prefix=32 /ip ipsec peer add auth-method=rsa-signature certificate=server1 generate-policy=port-strict \ mode-config=cfg1 passive=yes remote-certificate=none exchange-mode=ike2
RouterOS Client Config
First step is to export client certificate and key from the server:
/certificate export-certificate ca /certificate export-certificate client1 export-passphrase=1234567890
Upload exported ca.crt, client1.crt and client1.key files to client's device and import with
/certificate import command.
When it is done set up the client
/ip ipsec peer add address=220.127.116.11 auth-method=rsa-signature certificate=client1 \ mode-config=request-only exchange-mode=ike2 generate-policy=port-strict
Windows Client Config
Windows client does not allow to import certificate and key separately. So we must use external tool (for example, OpenSSL) to convert .crt and .key files to pkcs12 format.
openssl pkcs12 -export -out cl1.pfx -inkey cert_export_client1.key -in cert_export_client1.crt -certfile cert_export_ca.crt
To import certificates, open Microsoft Management Console (mmc) Press Ctrl+M and add "Certificates" from the list and choose "Local Computer".
Now Right Click on "Personal" folder pick "All Tasks"->"Import...". Select cl1.pfx file.
CA and client certificate should appear in "Personal"-> "Certificates" folder. CA certificate need to be moved to Trusted Root list. Simply drag and drop CA to "Trusted Root Certificates" folder. Only client certificate should stay in "Personal".
Now you are ready to set up the client. After adding VPN tunnel choose VPN type IKEv2 and "Use machine certificates"
Android Client Notes
Native Android client does not support ikev2 at the moment. StrongSwan client from Play Store can be used to connect to ikev2 server. StrongSwan client the same as windows accept certificates and keys in pkcs12 format. So external tool is needed to convert exported .crt and .key files to .pfx and then import .pfx file.
After its imported you will see CA and Client cert in user certificates:
Now you can pick them in profile configuration.
Ca certificate is selected automatically as shown in screenshot below, but if for some reason you need to specify exact CA certificate, then unselect "Select automatically" and pick imported CA from the list.
When connecting Android StrongSwan clients, make sure that on RouterOS proposal settings DH group is disabled, otherwise phase2 will fail.
iOS client configuration
Generate a new certificate for the client and sign it with previously created CA.
/certificate add common-name=iOS_client name=iOS_client sign iOS_client ca=ca
When installing certificates, check which formats iOS supports, client certificate can not be imported from CRT and KEY files, but you can use PKCS12 format. Typically PKCS12 bundle contains also CA certificate, but iOS does not install this CA, so self-signed CA certificate must be installed separately using PEM format.
/certificate export-certificate ca type=pem export-certificate iOS_client type=pkcs12 export-passphrase=1234567890
Two files are now located in the routers Files section: cert_export_ca.crt and cert_export_iOS_client.p12. Download and open these files on the iOS device and install both certificates by following the instructions. It is necessary to mark the self-signed CA certificate as trusted on the iOS device. This can be done in Settings -> General -> About -> Certificate Trust Settings menu. When it is done, check whether both certificates are marked as "verified" under Settings -> General -> Profiles menu.
You can now proceed to Settings -> General -> VPN menu and add a new configuration. Remote ID must be set equal to common-name or subjAltName of server's certificate. Local ID can be left blank.
Currently iOS is compatible with the following Phase 1 (Peer) and Phase 2 (Proposal) proposal sets:
|Hash Algorithm||Encryption Algorithm||DH Group|
|Hash Algorithm||Encryption Algorithm||PFS Group|
strongSwan client configuration
Generate a new certificate for the client and sign it with previously created CA. Export both client and CA certificates in PEM format.
/certificate add common-name=strongSwan_client name=strongSwan_client sign strongSwan_client ca=ca export-certificate ca export-certificate strongSwan_client export-passphrase=1234567890
Three files are now located in the routers Files section: cert_export_ca.crt, cert_export_strongSwan_client.crt and cert_export_strongSwan_client.key. strongSwan accepts either PEM or DER format certificates and it is possible to just change the certificate extensions. The private key must be in PKCS1 format - it will need to be converted. We can do this with OpenSSL. Rename the certificates for a more convenient look.
# mv cert_export_ca.crt ca.pem # mv cert_export_strongSwan_client.crt strongSwan_client.pem # openssl rsa -in cert_export_strongSwan_client.key -out strongSwan_clientKey.pem
Download the certificates and the key to strongSwan client device and move the files to their appropriate directory. By default /etc/ipsec.d/ is used for certificate storage.
# mv ca.pem /etc/ipsec.d/cacerts/ca.pem # mv strongSwan_client.pem /etc/ipsec.d/certs/strongSwan_client.pem # mv strongSwan_clientKey.pem /etc/ipsec.d/private/strongSwan_client.pem
Add a new connection to /etc/ipsec.conf file
conn "ikev2" keyexchange=ikev2 ike=aes128-sha1-modp2048 esp=aes128-sha1 leftsourceip=%modeconfig leftcert=strongSwan_client.pem leftfirewall=yes right=18.104.22.168 rightid="CN=22.214.171.124" rightsubnet=0.0.0.0/0 auto=add
Add exported passphrase for the private key to /etc/ipsec.secrets file
: RSA strongSwan_client.pem "1234567890"
You can now restart (or start) the ipsec daemon and initialize the connection
# ipsec restart # ipsec up ikev2
Road Warrior setup Ikev1 RSA Auth
All certificates can be created on RouterOS server using certificate manager.
See example >>
Ipsec Server Config
/ip ipsec policy group add name=test /ip ipsec peer add auth-method=rsa-signature certificate=server exchange-mode=main \ generate-policy=port-override passive=yes policy-template-group=test remote-certificate=none /ip ipsec policy add dst-address=172.16.1.0/24 group=test src-address=172.16.2.0/24 template=yes
Ipsec Client Config
Now lets say client2 should not be able to connect anymore. We need to revoke its certificate so that it is excluded from CRL list.
/certificate issued-revoke client2
Notice R flag, which means that certificate is revoked
[admin@pe0] /certificate> print Flags: K - private-key, D - dsa, L - crl, C - smart-card-key, A - authority, I - issued, R - revoked, E - expired, T - trusted # NAME COMMON-NAME FINGERPRINT 0 K L A T myCa myCa 7fa636e6576495fe78f1a4... 1 K I T server server cf0650a291bf4685f2fbd3... 2 K I client1 client1 26233de30e89b203b946ab... 3 K R client2 client2 cf172b62201befaf8d8966...
Now if you kill current connection client2 will no be able to establish phase1.
Site to Site IpSec Tunnel
Consider setup as illustrated below
Two remote office routers are connected to internet and office workstations behind routers are NATed. Each office has its own local subnet, 10.1.202.0/24 for Office1 and 10.1.101.0/24 for Office2. Both remote offices needs secure tunnel to local networks behind routers.
On both routers ether1 is used as wan port and ether2 is used to connect workstations. Also NAT rules are set tu masquerade local networks.
/ip address add address=192.168.90.1/24 interface=ether1 add address=10.1.202.1/24 interface=ether2 /ip route add gateway=192.168.90.254 /ip firewall nat add chain=srcnat out-interface=ether1 action=masquerade
/ip address add address=192.168.80.1/24 interface=ether1 add address=10.1.101.1/24 interface=ether2 /ip route add gateway=192.168.80.254 /ip firewall nat add chain=srcnat out-interface=ether1 action=masquerade
IpSec Peer's config
Next step is to add peer's configuration. We need to specify peers address and port and pre-shared-key. Other parameters are left to default values.
/ip ipsec peer add address=192.168.80.1/32 port=500 auth-method=pre-shared-key secret="test"
/ip ipsec peer add address=192.168.90.1/32 port=500 auth-method=pre-shared-key secret="test"
Policy and proposal
It is important that proposed authentication and encryption algorithms match on both routers. In this example we can use predefined "default" proposal
[admin@MikroTik] /ip ipsec proposal> print Flags: X - disabled 0 name="default" auth-algorithms=sha1 enc-algorithms=3des lifetime=30m pfs-group=modp1024
As we already have proposal as a next step we need correct IpSec policy. We want to encrypt traffic coming form 10.1.202.0/24 to 10.1.101.0/24 and vice versa.
/ip ipsec policy add src-address=10.1.202.0/24 src-port=any dst-address=10.1.101.0/24 dst-port=any \ sa-src-address=192.168.90.1 sa-dst-address=192.168.80.1 \ tunnel=yes action=encrypt proposal=default
/ip ipsec policy add src-address=10.1.101.0/24 src-port=any dst-address=10.1.202.0/24 dst-port=any \ sa-src-address=192.168.80.1 sa-dst-address=192.168.90.1 \ tunnel=yes action=encrypt proposal=default
Note that we configured tunnel mode instead of transport, as this is site to site encryption.
NAT and Fasttrack Bypass
At this point if you will try to establish IpSec tunnel it will not work, packets will be rejected. This is because both routers have NAT rules that is changing source address before packet is encrypted. Router is unable to encrypt the packet, because source address do not match address specified in policy configuration. For more information see packet flow ipsec example.
To fix this we need to set up NAT bypass rule.
/ip firewall nat add chain=srcnat action=accept place-before=0 \ src-address=10.1.202.0/24 dst-address=10.1.101.0/24
/ip firewall nat add chain=srcnat action=accept place-before=0 \ src-address=10.1.101.0/24 dst-address=10.1.202.0/24
It is very important that bypass rule is placed at the top of all other NAT rules.
Another issue is if you have fasttrack enabled, packet bypasses ipsec policies. So we need to add accept rule before fasttrack
/ip firewall filter add chain=forward action=accept place-before=1 src-address=10.1.101.0/24 dst-address=10.1.202.0/24 connection-state=established,related add chain=forward action=accept place-before=1 src-address=10.1.202.0/24 dst-address=10.1.101.0/24 connection-state=established,related
However this can add significant load to CPU if there is a fair amount of tunnels and significant traffic on each tunnel.
Solution is to use RAW firewall tables to bypass connection tracking, that way eliminating need of filter rules listed above and reducing load on CPU by approximately 30%.
/ip firewall raw add action=notrack chain=prerouting src-address=10.1.101.0/24 dst-address=10.1.202.0/24 add action=notrack chain=prerouting src-address=10.1.202.0/24 dst-address=10.1.101.0/24
Allow Only Ipsec Encapsulated Traffic
There are some scenarios where for security reasons you would like to drop access from/to specific networks if incoming/outgoing packets are not encrypted. For example, If we have L2TP/Ipsec setup we would want to drop non encrypted L2TP connection attempts.
There are several ways how to achieve this:
- Using ipsec policy matcher in firewall;
- Using generic ipsec policy with action=drop and lower priority (can be used in road warrior setups where dynamic policies are generated);
- By setting DSCP or priority in mangle and matching the same values in firewall after decapsulation.
Ipsec Policy Matcher
Lets set up ipsec policy matcher to accept all packets that matched any of ipsec policies and drop the rest
add chain=input comment="ipsec policy matcher" in-interface=WAN \ ipsec-policy=in,ipsec add action=drop chain=input comment="drop all" in-interface=WAN log=yes
Ipsec policy matcher takes two parameters direction, policy. We used incoming direction and ipsec policy. Ipsec policy option allows us to inspect packets after decapsulation, so for example if we want to allow only gre encapsulated packet from specific source address and drop the rest we could set up following rules
add chain=input comment="ipsec policy matcher" in-interface=WAN \ ipsec-policy=in,ipsec protocol=gre src=address=192.168.33.1 add action=drop chain=input comment="drop all" in-interface=WAN log=yes
For L2TP rule set would be:
add chain=input comment="ipsec policy matcher" in-interface=WAN \ ipsec-policy=in,ipsec protocol=udp dst-port=1701 add action=drop chain=input protocol=udp dst-port=1701 comment="drop l2tp" in-interface=WAN log=yes
Using generic Ipsec Policy
The trick of this method is to add default policy with action drop. Lets assume we are running L2TP/IpSec server 126.96.36.199 with public address and we want to drop all non encrypted L2TP:
/ip ipsec policy add src-address=188.8.131.52 dst-address=0.0.0.0/0 sa-src-address=184.108.40.206 \ protocol=udp src-port=1701 tunnel=yes action=discard
Now router will drop any L2TP unencrypted incoming traffic, but after successful L2TP/Ipsec connection dynamic policy is created with higher priority than it is on default static rule and packets matching that dynamic rule can be forwarded.
[admin@rack2_10g1] /ip ipsec policy> print Flags: T - template, X - disabled, D - dynamic, I - inactive, * - default 0 T * group=default src-address=::/0 dst-address=::/0 protocol=all proposal=default template=yes 1 D src-address=220.127.116.11/32 src-port=1701 dst-address=10.5.130.71/32 dst-port=any protocol=udp action=encrypt level=require ipsec-protocols=esp tunnel=no sa-src-address=18.104.22.168 sa-dst-address=10.5.130.71 2 src-address=22.214.171.124/32 src-port=1701 dst-address=0.0.0.0/0 dst-port=any protocol=udp action=discard level=unique ipsec-protocols=esp tunnel=yes sa-src-address=126.96.36.199 sa-dst-address=0.0.0.0 proposal=default manual-sa=none
Connecting with Shrew Client and allowing only Encrypted traffic
- Phase 1 Failed to get valid proposal
[admin@MikroTik] /log> print (..) 17:12:32 ipsec,error no suitable proposal found. 17:12:32 ipsec,error 10.5.107.112 failed to get valid proposal. 17:12:32 ipsec,error 10.5.107.112 failed to pre-process ph1 packet (side: 1, status 1). 17:12:32 ipsec,error 10.5.107.112 phase1 negotiation failed. (..)
- Peers are unable to negotiate encryption parameters causing the connection to drop. To solve this issue, enable IPSec debug logs and find out which parameters are proposed by the remote peer and adjust configuration accordingly.
[admin@MikroTik] /system logging> add topics=ipsec,!debug
[admin@MikroTik] /log> print (..) 17:21:08 ipsec rejected hashtype: DB(prop#1:trns#1):Peer(prop#1:trns#1) = MD5:SHA 17:21:08 ipsec rejected enctype: DB(prop#1:trns#2):Peer(prop#1:trns#1) = 3DES-CBC:AES-CBC 17:21:08 ipsec rejected hashtype: DB(prop#1:trns#2):Peer(prop#1:trns#1) = MD5:SHA 17:21:08 ipsec rejected enctype: DB(prop#1:trns#1):Peer(prop#1:trns#2) = AES-CBC:3DES-CBC 17:21:08 ipsec rejected hashtype: DB(prop#1:trns#1):Peer(pro