System Administration Guide: IP Services

Use of IPsec With Mobile IP

In general, as home and foreign agents are fixed entities, they can use IPsec authentication or encryption to protect both Mobile IP registration messages and forward and reverse tunnel traffic. This process works completely independently of Mobile IP, and only depends on the workstation's ability to perform IPsec functions. Mobile nodes can also use IPsec authentication to protect their registration traffic. If the mobile node registers through a foreign agent, in general the mobile node cannot use IPsec encryption. The reason that the mobile node cannot use IPsec encryption is because the foreign agent must be able to check the information in the registration packet. While IPsec encryption could be used when a foreign agent is not needed, the issue of co-location makes this difficult to achieve. IPsec is an IP-level security relationship. Consequently, a home agent would have to know the mobile node's co-located address without prior information or registration messages. Several protocols can obviate the need for this information, but are beyond the scope of this document. For more information about IPsec, see Chapter 19, IPsec (Overview) or Chapter 20, Administering IPsec (Task).