Raccoon on iPhone

by Erica Sadun

So does the iPhone contains Mobile Web Server, aka Raccoon? Instead of "websites", Raccoon asks us to think using "mobsites", mobile websites. This comes as a port of Apache web server to mobile phone platforms. From what I've been able to google, Raccoon enables mobile phone users to become content providers (using their keyboards, microphones and onboard cameras). I am just starting to learn about this so thanks in advance to anyone who can point me to more information about iPhone-generated content, Raccoon, and gateways. Am I right in thinking this goes beyond just normal virtual private networks?

Update: Here's a post from Radar last year by Nikolaj Nyholm on Raccoon.

Update 2: Reader Rodolphe suggests that the racoon on the iphone is not the Nokia variant but rather part of the IPSec tools and used for connecting the iPhone to VPNs. Man page

Update 3: The "cc" versus "c" should have given it away. The cool Mobile Web Server has two c's. The VPN stuff only has one c. Mea culpa--or more realistically mea reculpa.

Screenshot by request after the jump.


2007-07-16 14:03:44
So, iPhone comes with Raccoon stashed away on it?
Josh Street
2007-07-16 14:18:08
Erica - could you give a reference for this? Dying to figure out how to access MWS and start playing!
2007-07-16 14:37:49

I can't find any reference that says "So the iPhone contains Mobile Web Server, aka Raccoon".

Can you verify that iiPhone does include raccoon or provide a reference.



Erica Sadun
2007-07-16 14:41:05
Dick: You might want to look at the screen shot just above. I've also downloaded the files from the iPhone and UNIX string'ed em.

2007-07-16 15:04:43

Thats racoon as opposed to raccoon...

In terminal on a Mac issue:

man racoon


P.S. Done anything with AppleTV lately-- I have been playing with iPhone Remote (Telekenesis) and have been considering moding the AppleTV run with it. My AppleTV is back to Factory status... so It will take starting from ground zero.

Fernando Reig Matthies
2007-07-17 02:12:23

thanks for that explanation.

When I saw Erica's post about Raccoon on the iPhone I went like crazy thinking about the possibilities with it's integrated WiFi, camara and so on... I have been playing with Raccoon on my Nokia N70 and it works like a charm. Interesting stuff can be done on a Mobsite.

Sadly its "racoon" not "raccoon".

man racoon

"racoon speaks IKE (ISAKMP/Oakley) key management protocol, to establish security association with other hosts. SPD (Security Policy Database) in the kernel usually triggers to start racoon. racoon usually sends all of informational messages, warnings and error messages to syslogd(8) with the facility LOG_DAEMON, the priority LOG_INFO. Debugging messages are sent with the priority LOG_DEBUG. You should configure syslog.conf(5) appropriately to see these messages."
Dan Daniels
2007-07-17 07:37:56
Another example of how far MacDevCenter has fallen. Trying thinking first and blogging later, ok? Please!
2007-11-21 11:10:19
I'm a very obsessed wap user so I am ok with sites created especially for my phone. I'd like all Internet sites to have an alternative for wap. There actually is an Association that collects addresses of wap sites.