Multiple Keys per Peer

Roman Mamedov rm at
Sun May 2 11:43:44 UTC 2021

On Sun, 02 May 2021 13:02:28 +0200
Nico Schottelius <nico.schottelius at> wrote:

> when running a lot of VPN connections using wireguard, there are some
> questions we see quite often from users, two of which I'd like to
> discuss here:
> Multiple keys per Peer
> ----------------------
> Users often ask for sharing their connection with multiple
> devices. The obvious solution is for users to setup their own VPN
> endpoint with the first key and then reshare themselves. However, this
> is not feasible in many end user situations.

The prime and the most straightforward solution is to give each user multiple
keys, and let them connect from each endpoint as an independent Peer.

The rest of what you propose appears to be a set of bizarre hacks because
you don't want to do the above, because "(reasons)". Maybe start with
detailing those reasons first, or reconsidering if they are *really* that
important and unsurmountable :)

> Conceptually I see it problematic to assign multiple keys per Peer as
> the routing from outside ("where should this packet go to"?) might
> become ambiguous. One counter option would be to allow a peer to signal
> that it uses a certain part of the AllowedIPs. In comparison to layer 2
> networks, I see two approaches: 1) a bit similar to ARP/NDP, client
> addresses are learned 2) similar to dhcp-pd, clients "requesting" (in
> this context more: announcing) that they use a certain sub-range.
> Protocol wise I'd imagine this to be rather simple:
> side a: I want to use 2001:db8:a:b::/64
> side b:
>      - checking your allowed IPs covers that prefix -> no ignore
>      - checking whether the amount of sub routes is not exceeded
>      - and/or checking whether the sub-prefix length is of minimum size
>      (especially import for IPv6)
>      - yes: adjust routing table, insert more specific route
>      (with/without confirm probably should be modeld in tamarin)
> What are your thoughts about an extension of wireguard with this?
> If there are other suggestions to allow users to decide themselves how
> to split a range, let's say a /48 IPv6 network, without setting up their
> own redistribution node, I'd also be interested in hearing that.

With respect,

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