PPTP originally was developed by Microsoft to provide a secure remote access solution where traffic needed to be transported from a client, across a public network, to a Microsoft server (VPN gateway). One of the interesting items about PPTP’s implementation is that it is an extension of the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP). Because PPTP uses PPP, PPTP can leverage PPP’s features. For example, PPTP allows the encapsulation of multiple protocols, such as IP, IPX, and NetBEUI, via the VPN tunnel. Also, PPP supports the use of authentication via PAP, CHAP, and MS-CHAP. PPTP can use this to authenticate devices.

PPTP recently added support for the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) to authenticate users. EAP was designed for wireless networks, ...

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