Piper, Harkins [Page 2]
INTERNET DRAFT April 1, 1998
All security implementations that include support for pre-shared keys
MUST be capable of supporting the Pre-Shared Key for the Internet.
The pre-shared key for the Internet is 14 octets in length. It is
represented in ASCII as "mekmitasdigoat" without the accompanying
quotation marks. In hexadecimal it is represented as:
0x6d656b6d697461736469676f6174. There MUST NOT be any additional
termination characters (such as a terminating NULL).
There was a call for derivation on the apparent use TIS Labs ipsec mailing
list, dated Tue, 27 Apr 1999 from John Gilmore, but no visible responses
in that thread.
Another use was 1 Jul, 1998, Dan Harkins, posting from Cisco, also notes
an ID_KEY_ID "blob" value of "geukghisohfewh." [ This is believed to
be purely gibberish.]
"mekmitasdigoat" also appears in:
Internet Draft Paul Hoffman
draft-hoffman-ipsec-testing-01.txt VPN Consortium
September 9, 2000 Michael Richardson
Expires in six months Sandelman Software Works
Steps for IPsec Interoperability Testing
And, of course, the OpenBSD FAQ, but that's where this all came in.