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C# Question

How do I determine if a connected socket uses IPSec?

I am working on a Windows server application that will transfer sensitive information to another Windows server over a socket using an HTTPClient. The servers are supposed to be configured to use IPSec. So yay, I I don't have to do anything to setup the secure connection at the application level. However, I have been instructed to ensure that if the connection is using IPSec and abort if it is not.

How can I programmatically determine if the connection is indeed secured with IPSec? The application is C#, on Windows Server 2016. I am open to P/Invoke based solutions or C code if that is required to make this work. So long as it can ultimately work with a C# HttpClient class.

Answer Source

It is not application's concern and can't be done. The tunnel is transparent to application level users of the network stack. If you want the application to ensure that connection is encrypted and authenticated, use TLS. Otherwise it is up to the network/system administrators to make sure that policies are setup so that only ipsec traffic is allowed.

Imagine that you figure out a way to ensure that tunnel is setup by interrogating the OS in some way. And then in 2 years the system needs to be scaled up and IPSec termination is moved to dedicated hardware. Oops.

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