Radius, Radsec, Diameter [was: Silly question - secure Radius?]

Alan DeKok aland at ox.org
Sat Jul 9 16:50:47 CEST 2005

Artur Hecker <hecker at enst.fr> wrote:
> well, that's not the point since diameter would be backwards compatible 
> to radius... but i do ask myself what the manufacturers are waiting for. 
> it could be at least an option.

  Diameter will be interesting ole when manufacturers ship millions of
boxes with diameter.

  Why don't they?  Let's look at what they need from RADIUS or diameter:

  1) username/password authentication.  Yup, RADIUS does this.
  2) EAP->AAA for wireless.  Yup, RADIUS does this.

  The nice thing about RADIUS is that it's so easy to implement.  In
contrast, diameter is 1000x more complicated than RADIUS, and it only
solve .1% more problems than RADIUS.  Diameter is not going to be
widely deployed.


> see also "open diameter". it even does EAP...

  Not as many EAP methods as FreeRADIUS. :)

  Adding EAP-FAST to FreeRADIUS may not be too hard, either.

  Alan DeKok.

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