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MACsec Toolkit for Ethernet Security

MACsec Toolkit enables developers to quickly add complete MACsec support in new and existing products such as switches, routers or hosts. it includes a full C source code implementation of the control plane, especially the MACsec Key Agreement (MKA) protocol, as well as the data plane.

Interoperable Security

MACsec is the standard and peer-reviewed Ethernet security solution

Easy Integration

Both 802.1X-2010 and the 802.1AE specifications implemented within own modules with well-defined APIs

Time to Market

Functional and well-tested software implementation to develop and test your solution early

How the MACsec Toolkit works

MACsec Toolkit (previously QuickSec MACsec Toolkit) implements all the functionalities defined in IEEE standards 802.1AE, and 802.1X-2010. In particular, it supports MKA, Network Announcements, EAPOL, PACP logic, virtual ports, extended sequence numbers and AES-GCM-256. In addition, it reuses proven components from the QuickSec® product family such as EAP-TLS, RADIUS client, certificate manager, and cryptographic libraries.

It is delivered in highly portable ANSI C source code, suitable for a wide range of platforms. It provides well-documented APIs to integrate with existing software and hardware components. It is easy to compile on a standard Linux server as a reference implementation for testing. MACsec Toolkit has been interoperability-tested as both a supplicant and an authenticator with existing products.

MACsec Toolkit has been designed to easily integrate with an existing product. In particular both the 802.1X-2010 and the 802.1AE specifications are implemented within their own modules with well-defined APIs.

A typical switch manufacturer may only integrate the 802.1X-2010 port access entity module to its hardware implementation of MACsec data plane (e.g. INSIDE EIP-160).

A typical host such as an IP phone has low data throughput requirements and can then integrate both the 802.1X-2010 port access entity module and the 802.1AE SoftSec module. 

MACsec Fundamentals White Paper

MACsec Fundamentals

For end-to-end security of data, it must be secured both when at rest (stored on a connected device) and when in motion (communicated between connected devices). For data at rest, a hardware root of trust anchored in silicon provides that foundation upon which all device security is built. Similarly, MACsec security anchored in hardware at the foundational communication layer (Layer 2) provides that basis of trust for data in motion over Ethernet-based networks.

Complete software implementation

  • 802.1X-2010
  • 802.1AE with AES-GCM Cipher
  • Pre-shared keys or EAP key management
  • EAP-TLS (others available upon request)
  • APIs interfacing to hardware 802.1AE

Modular implementation

  • Policy configuration and management APIs
  • AES-GCM (128 and 256bit)

Standards compliance

  • IEEE 802.1AE
  • IEEE 802.1X-2010
  • IEEE 802.1AEbw (extended sequence numbers )
  • IEEE 802.1AEbn GCM-AES-256
  • IETF RFC 3748-EAP
  • IETF REF 2459-X.509
  • IETF RFC-4346-TLS 1.1

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