What is reTurn?
What is STUN?
taken from RFC5389
Session Traversal Utilities for NAT (STUN) is a protocol that serves as a tool for other protocols in dealing with Network Address Translator (NAT) traversal. It can be used by an endpoint to determine the IP address and port allocated to it by a NAT. It can also be used to check connectivity between two endpoints, and as a keep-alive protocol to maintain NAT bindings. STUN works with many existing NATs, and does not require any special behavior from them.
What is TURN?
taken from RFC5766
If a host is located behind a NAT, then in certain situations it can be impossible for that host to communicate directly with other hosts (peers) located behind other NATs. In these situations, it is necessary for the host to use the services of an intermediate node that acts as a communication relay. This specification defines a protocol, called TURN (Traversal Using Relays around NAT), that allows the host to control the operation of the relay and to exchange packets with its peers using the relay.
The TURN protocol can be used in isolation, but is more properly used as part of the ICE (Interactive Connectivity Establishment) approach to NAT traversal.
Initial Project Team
- Rohan Mahy
- Scott Godin ( s g o d i n AT s i p s p e c t r u m DOT c o m )
- Correct and comprehensive implementation of the relevant standards from the SIP working groups
- Support for UDP/TCP/TLS protocols over both IPv4 and IPv6
- Synchronous and asynchrounous client APIs provided
- Designed for high scalability
- Platforms: Win32, Linux, Mac OS X
- RFC3489 backwards compatibility support
- Shared secret with short term credentials
- Shared secret with long term credentials (implementation currently only accepts one hardcoded username/password)
- Finger Print Insertion and Validation
- Turn Allocation
- Requested Props (Even, Pair)
- Turn Permissions
- Asynchronous Client APIs
- Channel Binding
- Fully passes draft-ietf-behave-stun-test-vectors-04 test cases
- Support TCP relaying
- Bandwidth Enforcement
- User Quota Enforcement
- Multi-threaded Support
- ICE Support
How to Participate
- You can discuss reTurn ongoing development at reTurn developer mailing list.
- Currently reTurn is held as a subtree of the reSIProcate source base at https://svn.resiprocate.org/rep/resiprocate/.
- You can read how to use subversion with reSIProcate at Quick Subversion Checkout and Compilation HOWTO.
- You can view reTurn source code
Working with reTurn
Current External Library Usage
- currently uses OpenSSL, ASIO, BOOST and RUTIL
- ASIO - 1.2.0 or above - recently tested with 1.4.8
- Used for server sockets and transports
- Note: We are not using the ASIO embedded into boost since it cannot be used in header file only mode. See Note below
- Tuple information used in StunMessage uses asio::ip::udp::endpoint - easily changed
- StunMessage, TurnAllocation and RequestHandler use asio::ip:address to manipulate IPV6, and IPV4 StunAddresses - easily changed
- StunTuple uses asio::ip::address - easily changed
- BOOST - 1.34.0 or above - recently tested with 1.53.0
- Using BOOST in no-lib mode (header file only mode) is fine
- BOOST::bind is used in server transports
- BOOST::crc_optimal is used for fingerprint CRC calculations
- BOOST::shared_ptr, array, enable_shared_from_this is used in server transports
- RUTIL - Data class is used in StunMessage and StunAuth for strings and TurnData, SharedPtr is also used
Note: Using boost 1.53.0 that includes ASIO 1.4.8 was considered, but this adds an extra requirement to build the boost system library. Use of boost 1.35.0 (or above) and a standalone ASIO release allows us to use boost without needing to link with any boost libraries, thus making builds easier (especially on Windows based platforms).
reTurn is distributed under a standard 3-clause BSD license:
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