Key management for network communication

  • US 5,825,891 A
  • Filed: 10/29/1997
  • Issued: 10/20/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/16/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for enabling computers to communicate using encrypted network packets, comprising:

  • sending a configuration request over a network from a first computer to a second computer;

    providing a temporary configuration password to the first computer;

    encrypting, in accordance with the temporary configuration password, tunnel record information that includes a secret tunnel encryption key assigned to a tunnel between the first computer and the second computer; and

    sending the tunnel record information over the network from the second computer to the first computer.

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