[ANNOUNCE] Wintun: Layer 3 TUN Driver for Windows

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sub, 23. ožu 2019. 02:05 Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason at zx2c4.com> je napisao:

> Hi everybody,
> [Cross-posting to WireGuard, OpenVPN, and Nmap/npcap mailing lists.]
> Simon and I are pleased to announce the start of a new project, made
> for WireGuard and for others too: Wintun, a layer 3 TUN driver for
> Windows.
> Homepage: https://www.wintun.net/
> A TUN driver lets userspace programs act as virtual network cards,
> reading and writing packets directly into the network stack, as though
> they came from a real network adapter. While Linux and the BSDs have
> had /dev/tun for ages, Windows typically hasn't had any native
> facilities.
> Recently, Microsoft released a VPN UWP API, but it's lacking in
> features, documentation is under NDA, and after reversing it for a
> bit, it doesn't seem capable of doing many of the more advanced
> routing and roaming things we want. Indeed it turns out that having a
> real network adapter and some basic file handles is much preferable to
> layers of API and abstraction.
> On the flipside, OpenVPN's tap-windows6 project and the numerous
> drivers from SoftEther have all provided similar functionality for
> many years, and these efforts have produced something moderately
> stable. We were, in fact, quite inspired by SoftEther's Neo6 driver.
> However, these projects were written in a different age, the era of
> NDIS5, and then ported later to NDIS6. This means they haven't
> benefited from things like Windows 7's NdisMediumIP, which allows for
> native layer 3 tunneling, without having to do layer 2 emulation.
> Drivers like OpenVPN's tap-windows6 also do some somewhat nasty
> things, like emulate DHCP from inside the kernel for network
> configuration. The code is old and complicated. As usual, I wanted
> instead something tiny and dumb that we can reason about, which does
> things in a "right" and "boring" way for a narrower use case: layer 3
> TUN.
> Wintun is our attempt at making a dumb layer 3 pipe, that doesn't do
> anything fancy, and just shuffles bundles of packets between userspace
> and the kernel driver. It's being used for WireGuard's Windows port.
> We'd like to make it available and easy to use for other projects too
> that need layer 3 userspace tunneling capabilities, like OpenVPN and
> SoftEther. (Also, it may be just a matter of time before somebody
> takes the tiny base of it, sticks the crypto in the kernel, and makes
> WireGuard super fast on Windows.)
> Have we succeeded in accomplishing our goals? Certainly not yet. At
> the present moment [folks reading this in the future: check the date
> of this email], I'd except for Wintun to be slower, buggier, and lower
> quality than anything else out there. But we thought it'd be a good
> idea to release sooner rather than later in order to have some more
> eyeballs on it. It's the kind of codebase that _certainly_ needs some
> cleanup and a thorough security audit. On the plus side, cloc(1) tells
> me that it's only 950 lines. Still, NT programming is hard, and I'm
> pretty certain we've made mistakes and left ugly corners. Consider
> this email a statement of intent rather than an announcement of a
> completed project.
> So, if you're interested in NDIS programming and want to lend a hand,
> don't hesitate to get in touch. We're eager for smart NT folks to help
> us out.
> Details are over on https://www.wintun.net/ where you may also find
> rabbits bringing windows into tunnels. Enjoy!
> Regards,
> Jason
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