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The spiped secure pipe daemon

Spiped (pronounced "ess-pipe-dee") is a utility for creating symmetrically encrypted and authenticated pipes between socket addresses, so that one may connect to one address (e.g., a UNIX socket on localhost) and transparently have a connection established to another address (e.g., a UNIX socket on a different system). This is similar to 'ssh -L' functionality, but does not use SSH and requires a pre-shared symmetric key.

Spiped uses strong and well-understood cryptographic components: The initial key negotiation is performed using HMAC-SHA256 and an authenticated Diffie-Hellman key exchange over the standard 2048-bit "group 14"; following the completion of key negotiation, packets are transmitted encrypted with AES-256 in CTR mode and authenticated using HMAC-SHA256. The simplicity of the code — about 6000 lines of C code in total, of which under 2000 are specific to spiped (the rest is library code originating from kivaloo and Tarsnap) — makes it unlikely that spiped has any security vulnerabilities.

On the author's 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 laptop, spiped operates at approximately 300 Mbps.

The spiped project

Development of spiped takes place in the spiped git repository.

Mailing list

The spiped secure pipe daemon is discussed on the spiped@tarsnap.com mailing list.

Offical releases

The following versions of spiped are available:

Version Release date SHA256 hash
spiped 1.5.0 2015-02-22 b2f74b34fb62fd37d6e2bfc969a209c039b88847e853a49e91768dec625facd7
spiped 1.4.2 2014-10-11 dcb668f98a6bd761ff542f7079034f828f792259300eeb16aab53b687a805bde
spiped 1.4.1 2014-09-07 0eeb4b8a94df985cfb60f452ced75f30509105a120ca09f740507c496c15c4f8
spiped 1.4.0 2014-08-28 d8fa13a36905337bec97e507e0689f7bbc9e5426b88d588f3ddd3d6c290dcf5f
spiped 1.3.1 2013-04-13 8a58a983be460b88ed5a105201a0f0afacb83382208761837a62871dcca42fee
spiped 1.3.0 2013-04-06 6f3d512dbdc8e5e893fb533908d4f8bcd1fd23db783f63c7bc37cf5660c139d0
spiped 1.2.2 2012-11-15 a9eb4681e4ccd5d86b8a2d4e16785db8ba10d8a9f7f732485511fd4b92dff1ec
spiped 1.2.1 2012-08-31 4e2e532b2a7df8e9a771c27a1bc2889f0d834e986d4f4a02a2a12174560ea44b
spiped 1.2.0 2012-08-30 46fb94da62bf1f074513047519f2d4f5faf103e5b8555e14a375a42b74508a6b
spiped 1.1.0 2011-09-10 b727b902310d217d56c07d503c4175c65387ff07c9cd50a24584903faf9f3dc3
spiped 1.0.0 2011-07-04 82df05533bf8d8580f57e6dbec7d7e2966eabd3ea7a0a0bb06f87000947969a3