KAME project

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The KAME project, a sub-project of the WIDE Project, was joint effort of six organizations in Japan which aimed to provide a free IPv6 and IPsec (for both IPv4 and IPv6) protocol stack implementation for variants of the BSD Unix computer operating-system.[1] The project began in 1998 and on November 7, 2005 it was announced that the project would be finished at the end of March 2006;[2] the name KAME is a short version of Karigome, the location of the project's offices beside Keio University SFC.[3]

KAME Project's code is based on "WIDE Hydrangea" IPv6/IPsec stack by WIDE Project.

The following organizations participated in the project:

FreeBSD, NetBSD and DragonFly BSD integrated IPSec and IPv6 code from the KAME project; OpenBSD integrated just IPv6 code rather than both (having developed their own IPSec stack). Linux also integrated code from the project in its native IPsec implementation.[4]

The KAME project collaborated with the TAHI Project[5] (which develops and provides verification-technology for IPv6), the USAGI Project[6] and the WIDE Project.


racoon, KAME's user-space daemon, handles Internet Key Exchange (IKE). In Linux systems it forms part of the ipsec-tools package.


  1. ^ Hagen 2006, p. 346.
  2. ^ "The announcement of conclusion of the KAME project". KAME project. 2005-11-07. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  3. ^ Kazu YAMAMOTO (July 1999). "Page 15: KAME Project". Archived from the original on 2008-07-05.
  4. ^ Roy, Vincent (12 October 2004), Benchmarks for Native IPsec in the 2.6 Kernel, Linux Journal, retrieved 2019-03-17
  5. ^ "TAHI Project: Test and Verification for IPv6. Since 1998". 2013-01-01. Archived from the original on 2017-01-27.
  6. ^ YOSHIFUJI Hideaki (2010-03-07). "USAGI Project - Linux IPv6 Development Project". Retrieved 2019-03-17.

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