Windows XP & Solarix OS end-to-end data encryption
We have windows xp clients that run a FAT client application that talks to
an oracle database running on a UNIX server. We have been mandated to do
end-to-end data encryption between the Windows xp clients and the UNIX
server. Using VPN is not an option. So I was thinking about implementing
Does anyone know if IPSEC is the right encryption method in this case, given
that the clients are Windows XP and the server is running Sun Solaris OS?
Will there be compatibility issues using IPSEC between these two different
The vendor that developed the application running on the Windows XP client
says there application does not and will not do encryption. Are their any
other known solutions out there that can do end-to-end encryption between
these two platforms other than VPN or redesigning the client application?
The program you are using has notihng to do with the encryption . IPSec encryption will be made by the operatin system on the netwrok level , this will be completely transparent to the applicatoin and the users too..
If you think that solaris is not compatible, you can work around this by using IPSec on the hardware level. For example, cisco routers and switches support IPSEC encyprion too.
Check with your network security consultants for more details. IPSEC was made for scenarios like the one you are talking about. IPSEC will be the best solution to help improve your security against sniffing and replay attacks.
All the difficulties will be faced will be about the implementation itself.