[zeromq-dev] TLS vs CurveZMQ for security in ZeroMQ applications?

Doron Somech somdoron at gmail.com
Mon Mar 17 20:53:53 CET 2014

I have implemented TLS at application level in NetMQ and its available as
part in netmq. i also looked at zmqcurve in order to add to netmq. I have
to say nacl/zmqcurve/libsodium/curvecp is much simpler to implement and to
use correctly than TLS and it also suppose to be much faster. I am actually
working on porting libsodium to c# and later into netmq.
On Mar 17, 2014 6:46 PM, "Indradhanush Gupta" <indradhanush.gupta at gmail.com>

> Hello,
> I am wondering which is the better alternative for security among TLS and
> CurveZMQ. I have gone through the blog post by Peter Hintjens (
> http://hintjens.com/blog:36) explaining how to use CurveZMQ and also this
> blog post (http://www.riskcompletefailure.com/2012/09/tls-and-zeromq.html)
> explaining how to use TLS with ZeroMQ applications.
> Now, although I have a feeling that using TLS could get a little complex
> and hard to get right, but the thought that possibly its been tested in
> rough waters more than CurveZMQ, makes me think about using it.
> So, can someone please shed some light on this? Which is a better
> alternative? Obviously each will have its pros and cons. What are they?
> Maybe that will help me make a better decision.
> Thanks,
> --
> Indradhanush Gupta
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