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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

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Authentication, Encryption, Transport, IP Version and VPN Routing

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VPN clients must authenticate themselves to the VPN server. A valid certificate is required for the client to verify the identity of the VPN server. To meet the security needs of your network, you can define username/password authentication and strict certificate requirements.

The Barracuda CloudGen Firewall supports multiple encryption algorithms for VPN connections. For TINA VPNs, multiple transport types are also available.

VPN Authentication Certificates

X.509 certificates are used by IPsec, L2TP/IPsec, and TINA (the Barracuda proprietary transport protocol). The certificates contain the following information:

  • Public key.
  • Some data signed by the private key for verification. 
  • Identity of the the CA.
  • Identity of the owner.
  • Key usage. Depending on what type of VPN and which clients you use, certain X.509 extensions might be required when creating the certificate.

For PPTP VPNs, external certificates are not needed because certificates are generated by the server at runtime.

Special settings might be required when creating the following types of certificates:

Certificate CA (PKI) Options

A full-featured public key infrastructure (PKI) for self-signed certificates, is included with the Barracuda Firewall Control Center (C610,VC610, or VC820).

Use an external CA (PKI) for firewalls that are standalone or managed with a Barracuda Firewall Control Center C400 or VC400.

Depending on the certificate, you must export it in one of the following formats after it is created and signed:

Certificate File Format
Root Certificate PEM or CER
Server Certificate PKCS12, CER, or CRT
Service Certificate/Key PEM
Client Certificate (if needed) PEM

Example Certificates for IPsec, L2TP, and iOS Clients

If you encounter any problems with your certificates, compare your settings to those of the example certificates. Especially verify the X509 Basic Constraints and X509v3 Key Usage settings.

 Root Certificate  

Tab Setting Value
Status Signature Algorithm sha1WithRSAEncryption
Subject RFC 2253,OU=documentation,O=Barracuda Networks,L=Innsbruck,ST=Tirol,C=AT
Hash 7b6d2374
Extensions X509v3 Basic Constraints CA:TRUE
X509v3 Key Usage Digital Signature, Key Agreement, Certificate Sign

Server Certificate  

Tab Setting Value
Status Signature Algorithm sha1WithRSAEncryption
Subject RFC 2253,OU=docu,O=Barracuda Network AG,L=Innsbruck,ST=Tyrol,C=AT

Hash cc0460b5
Issuer RFC 2253,OU=documentation,O=Barracuda Networks,L=Innsbruck,ST=Tirol,C=AT

Hash 7b6d2374
Extensions X509v3 Key Usage

Digital Signature, Key Agreement, Certificate Sign

X509v3 Subject Alternative Name

Client Certificate

Tab Setting Values
Status Signature Algorithm sha1WithRSAEncryption
Subject RFC 2253,OU=documentation,O=Barracuda Networks,L=Innsbruck,ST=Tyrol,C=AT

Hash c2b06d20
Issuer RFC 2253,OU=documentation,O=Barracuda Networks,L=Innsbruck,ST=Tirol,C=AT

Hash 7b6d2374
Extensions X509v3 Key Usage

Digital Signature

Supported Encryption Algorithms

The Barracuda CloudGen Firewall supports the following encryption algorithms for TINA, IPsec, and L2TP/IPsec VPN connections:

Algorithm Description
AES256 Advanced Encryption Standard with 256-bit encryption.
AES Advanced Encryption Standard with 128-bit encryption. AES is often chosen because it provides a good performance and security ratio.
3DES Triple DES. This algorithm is considered most secure but results in high system loads and lower VPN performance.
Blowfish A keyed, symmetric block cipher developed to replace DES.
CAST A 128-bit block cipher.

Digital Encryption Standard. DES is the only export restricted algorithm available.

DES is not recommended because it is considered unsafe.

NULL No encryption.

TINA Transport Protocols

For TINA VPNs, the following transport types are available:

Transport Protocol Description
UDP Stateless protocol that is best used for response-optimized tunnels. UDP is not recommended for unstable Internet connections.
TCP Stateful protocol that is used if the tunnel runs over a proxy server. Higher protocol overhead limits the response time. TCP is preferred for unstable Internet connections.
UDP & TCP Hybrid mode that creates two transport tunnels. To compensate for the weakness of both protocols, UDP is used for TCP connections, and TCP is used for stateless connections.
ESP The tunnel uses ESP (IP protocol 50). ESP is best for performance-optimized tunnels, but it does not work if NAT routers must be traversed.

IPv6 Support


The VPN service supports IPv6 for the VPN envelope. This means that the site-to-site and client-to-site VPN tunnels can be created between two IPv6 endpoints, but only IPv4 traffic can be sent through the tunnel. IPv6 is not supported for:

  • Dynamic Mesh
  • L2TP
  • PPTP

VPN Routing Tables

You can configure how the VPN routes are introduced into the firewall's routing table.

  • Separate Routing Table – By default, the CloudGen Firewall uses source-based routing and creates separate premain routing tables for every VPN tunnel.
  • Single Routing Table – All VPN routes are inserted into the main routing table. VPN routes are inserted with a preference of 10.
Handling of Duplicate Routes
  • When a duplicate route to an existing VPN route in the main routing table is announced to the CloudGen Firewall via RIP, OSPF, or BGP, a duplicate routing entry is created and the route that was added last is used.
  • Creating a direct or gateway route with the same metric and destination as a VPN route in the main routing table results in duplicate routes. The route added last is used.
Enable the Single Routing Table for VPN Routes

If you are using source-based VPN routing tables, you have the option of moving the entries to the main routing table. Because entries with identical destination addresses in the main routing table are aggregated regardless of their source address, you must be aware that when moving source-based VPN routing entries to the main routing table, the source address of a VPN routing entry will be ignored. 

Using this option without a proper migration plan may break your current setup, forward traffic into wrong tunnels and cause loss of connectivity!

Therefore, if you want to route VPN traffic based on a special source address, it is recommended not to use this option.

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Virtual Servers > your virtual server > VPN > VPN Settings.
  2. Click Lock
  3. Click Click here for Server Settings. Set Add VPN Routes to Main Routing Table (Single Routing Table) to Yes.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click Send Changes and Activate.
Enabling Local Out Traffic when using a Single Routing Table for VPN Routes

To send the local out traffic through the VPN tunnel, you must configure an IP address from the source network for the VPN interface.

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION Configuration Tree > Box > Virtual Servers > your virtual server > Assigned Services > VPN-Service > VPN Settings.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. In the Settings tab, click the Click here for Server Settings link. The Server Settings window opens.
  4. In the Server Settings window, click the Advanced tab.
  5. Next to the VPN Interface Configuration table, click Add.
  6. In the VPN Interface Properties window, configure the following settings and then click OK.
    • In the VPN Interface Index field, enter the number of the VPN interface. E.g., 0 for vpn0
    • In the IP Addresses field, enter a Virtual Server IP address that is also part of a published VPN network. E.g., if one of the Local Networks of the VPN tunnel is
    • Click OK. The interface is now listed in the VPN Interface Configuration table.
  7. In the Server Settings window, click OK.
  8. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Local Out traffic is now sent and received correctly through the Site-to-Site VPN tunnel.

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