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Soekris VPN-1401, OpenSSL,OpenBSD and TOR
Recently I had the chance to obtain a soekris vpn-1401 PCI encryptor
board, with the following ,
* Hi/fn 7955 security accelerator chip
* Total system throughput at up to 250 Mbps
* Compression, LZS and MPPC at 420 to 510 Mbps
* Encryption, 128/192/256 AES, DES, 3-DES and RC4 at 210 to 460 Mbps
* Authentication, SHA-1 and MD5 at 325 to 360 Mbps
* Public Key, RSA, DSA, SSL, IKE and DH, 24 to 70 connections/sec
using 1024 bit keys
* Hardware random number generator
* vpn1401: Low Profile 33/66 Mhz 32 bit PCI 2.3, universal board for
3.3V and 5V systems
* vpn1411: 33/66 Mhz Mini-PCI type III form factor
* Power max 1.8 Watt
* Operating temperature 0-60 °C
* OpenBSD fully supported in latest release.
* FreeBSD fully supported in latest release.
* Linux support under development, see under support
I will be using it as a hardware assist for AES encryption , I also
picked up the mini-PC version the vpn-1411 for use in a mobile
EVDO/wifi router.. yes initially the stompbox but very quickly it will
be openBSD based instead. Its my aim to have a mobile
EVDO based tor router. As the Soekris board used in the stompbox is a
486 type chip, the minipci- AES-encryptor seems to be the only way to
run tor on such a lackluster CPU(it does have other tasks to do you
know). The above specs would seem to indicate at least AES
encryption/decryption wont be the bottleneck.
At 68-79.00 US and exportable with a certificate it would seem to be the
cats meow for speeding up tor on certain platforms.
a tor operator
ps I will try and get benchmarks as schedules permit. The slashdot IT
tor hacking article was interesting so I decided to look at running
amap, nessus and others against location hidden services.onion
addresses(I happen to be running a few of these :)
and see what information can be elicted from my hidden servers.