Active-Active Firewall Cluster Support in OpenBSD

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Executive Summary

The OpenBSD UNIX-like operating system has developed several technologies that make it useful in the role of an IP router and packet filtering firewall. These technologies include support for several standard routing protocols such as BGP and OSPF, a high performance stateful IP packet filter called pf, shared IP address and fail-over support with CARP (Common Address Redundancy Protocol), and a protocol called pfsync for synchronisation of the firewalls state with firewalls over a network link. These technologies together allow the deployment of two or more computers to provide redundant and highly available routers on a network.

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