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Status of this Memo The Use of HMAC-MD5-96 within ESP and AH

By C. Madson and R. Glenn


This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet Official Protocol Standards " (STD 1) for the standardization state and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited. Copyright Notice Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved. This memo describes the use of the HMAC algorithm [RFC-2104] in conjunction with the MD5 algorithm [RFC-1321] as an authentication mechanism within the revised IPSEC Encapsulating Security Payload [ESP] and the revised IPSEC Authentication Header [AH]. HMAC with MD5 provides data origin authentication and integrity protection. Further information on the other components necessary for ESP and AH implementations is provided by [Thayer97a]. 1

Topics: Standards Track
Year: 1998
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