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About OpenHIP

OpenHIP is a free, open-source implementation of the Host Identity Protocol (HIP). HIP is being developed within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) to study and experiment with HIP and related protocols.

HIP is a specific proposal to decouple network identity from network location in the Internet protocol stack. Historically, IP addresses have served both functions. This dual use of IP addresses is becoming problematic, and there have been many research efforts aimed at studying the decoupling of identifier and locator in the network stack. HIP is a specific proposal that uses public/private key pairs as the host identifiers. Please see the Documentation section for more information about HIP and the HIP architecture.

This project aims to develop reference implementations of HIP protocols for various platforms. We are using Sourceforge for our software development. Specifically, we plan to develop the following:

  • Client software for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and Windows XP
  • Tools for experimenting with HIP (e.g., patch to Ethereal network analyzer).
  • Documentation on how to experiment with HIP
  • Other projects depending on developer interest

We also recently announced an implementation of portions of the shim6 protocol suite, which is related to HIP.

If you are interested in this project as a developer or user, please join one of our mailing lists

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