[ANNOUNCE] WireGuardNT, a high-performance WireGuard implementation for the Windows kernel

Phillip McMahon phillip.mcmahon at gmail.com
Sat Aug 14 11:03:28 UTC 2021

I've been testing the experimental driver since the first announcement
but no issues to date.

On Fri, 13 Aug 2021 at 13:57, Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason at zx2c4.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> On Mon, Aug 2, 2021 at 7:28 PM Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason at zx2c4.com> wrote:
> > Nonetheless, experimental or not, we still need people to test this and help
> > shake out issues. To that end, WireGuardNT is now available in the ordinary
> > WireGuard for Windows client -- https://www.wireguard.com/install/ -- with the
> > 0.4.z series, in addition to having full support of the venerable wg(8)
> > utility, but currently (August 2021; if you're reading this in the future this
> > might not apply) it is behind a manually set registry knob. There will be
> > three phases of the 0.4.z series:
> >
> >   Phase 1) WireGuardNT is hidden behind the "ExperimentalKernelDriver"
> >            registry knob. If you don't manually tinker around to enable it,
> >            the client will continue to use wireguard-go/Wintun like before.
> After the first few days, bug reports for WireGuardNT have died down
> considerably. It's hard to tell whether that's a sign that the
> software is stable or that nobody is using it. So, we're still in
> phase 1. However, with version 0.4.5 of the client, I've added a
> checkbox below the "activate" button in order to make the experimental
> testing more discoverable. I dislike such knobs, but I'd rather have
> more testing than less, before turning it on by default. Hopefully
> this will make it easier for alpha testers to give it a spin and
> report findings. If you have been testing the driver, and it's been
> working well for you, please write in to say so, simply as a signal
> that it is being tested. If things stay as quiet as they are now on
> the bug reporting front, we'll likely move into phase 2 -- enabling
> WireGuardNT by default, with a registry key to revert to the legacy
> implementation -- in 2 to 3 weeks.
> Jason

Phillip McMahon

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