Using Isakmp Heartbeats for Dead Peer Detection

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (ipsec WG)
Authors Andrew Krywaniuk  , Tero Kivinen 
Last updated 2000-07-21
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This document describes a method for sending heartbeat packets (sometimes called keep-alives) across an ISAKMP SA in order to detect when a peer has crashed or has become otherwise unreachable. A method for negotiating the heartbeat parameters is also provided.


Andrew Krywaniuk (
Tero Kivinen (

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