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Does TippingPoint devices inspect PPPoE traffic?

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A: TippingPoint IPS devices inspect traffic as long as said traffic is NOT encrypted. By definition, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) traffic runs in an encrypted tunnel, so while the IPS cannot inspect the traffic it will attempt to do so thus causing additional load on the system. In a situation where you wish to use an IPS device to inspect traffic, the IPS device must be placed on the other side of the DSL router so as to have un-encrypted traffic.
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Note: It is a recommended best practice to utilize inspection bypass rules to bypass encrypted traffic. This is recommended because the IPS cannot inspect encrypted traffic and attempting to do so can impact performance and cause unnecessary CPU processing load.

General Information:
The Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) is a network protocol for encapsulating PPP frames inside Ethernet frames. It appeared shortly after the year 2000, in the context of the boom of the DSL as the solution for tunneling packets over the DSL connection to the ISP's IP network, and from there to the rest of the Internet. PPPoE provides authentication, encryption, and compression. Typical use of PPPoE involves leveraging the PPP facilities for authenticating the user with a username and password, predominately via the PAP protocol and less often via CHAP. PPPoE was developed by UUNET, Redback Networks (now Ericsson) and RouterWare (now Wind River Systems) and is available as an informational RFC 2516.

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