This guide describes IPsec for VMware Tanzu, which secures data transmissions inside VMware Tanzu Application Service for VMs (TAS for VMs). Topics covered in this guide include IPsec for VMware Tanzu installation and configuration, troubleshooting, and certificate rotation.
Your org might require IPsec if you transmit sensitive data.
IPsec for VMware Tanzu provides security to the network layer of the OSI model with a strongSwan implementation of IPsec. It provides a strongSwan job in FIPS mode to each BOSH-deployed VM.
IPsec for VMware Tanzu encrypts IP data flow between hosts, between security gateways, between service tiles, and between security gateways and hosts. It secures network traffic within a Cloud Foundry deployment and provides internal system protection if a malicious actor breaches your firewall.
The following table provides version and version-support information about IPsec for VMware Tanzu.
|Release date||September 7, 2023|
|Compatible Ops Manager versions||3.0, 2.10, and 2.9|
|Compatible VMware Tanzu Application Service for VMs versions||4.0, 3.0, 2.13, 2.12, and 2.11|
|Compatible BOSH stemcells||Ubuntu Xenial and Jammy|
|IaaS support||vSphere, GCP, AWS, Azure, and Openstack|
IPsec for VMware Tanzu implements the following cryptographic suite:
|Key Agreement (Diffie-Hellman)||IKEv2 Main Mode|
|Integrity/Authentication Tag||128 bit GHASH ICV|
|Digital Signing||RSA 3072/4096|
|Peer Authentication Method||Public/Private Key|
|FIPS||FIPS Module 2.0.20 - certificate|
IPsec for VMware Tanzu has the following limitations:
IPsec for VMware Tanzu is not compatible with VMware NSX-T Container Plug-in for VMware Tanzu Application Service for VMs.
VMware recommends configuring IPsec for VMware Tanzu to use a self-signed certificate to sign instance certificates. VMware does not recommend using a certificate signed by a public or third-party CA.
IPsec for VMware Tanzu is not supported on Windows.
Container-to-container traffic is not encrypted unless the underlying network is also encrypted. Both the overlay network for container-to-container networking and the underlying, physical network for Diego Cell to Diego Cell networking must be included in the
ipsec_subnets section of the IPsec manifest.