WireGuard VPN makes it to 1.0.0—and into the next Linux kernel

    Date06 Apr 2020
    CategoryCryptography
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    WireGuard has finally made it into the mainline Linux kernel - meaning Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) builds will no longer be necessary, making routine kernel upgrades significantly faster!

    We've been anticipating WireGuard's inclusion into the mainline Linux kernel for quite some time—but as of Sunday afternoon, it's official. Linus Torvalds released the Linux 5.6 kernel, which includes (among other things) an in-tree WireGuard. Phoronix has a great short list of the most interesting new features in the 5.6 kernel, as well as a longer "everything list" for those who want to make sure they don't miss anything.

    If this is the first time you're hearing about WireGuard, the TL;DR is that it's a relatively new VPN (Virtual Private Network) application that offers a leaner codebase, easier configuration, faster connect times, and the latest and most thoroughly peer-reviewed and approved encryption algorithms. You can find a more detailed introduction in our initial August 2018 coverage.

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