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IPsec on network layer in the OSI-model

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http://forums.opensuse.org – Hello everyone, I want to know the IPsec-Advantages and Disadvantages that arise because of its location on the network layer in the OSI-Model. I read rfc2401 and rfc4301 specifications to find out the advantages and disadvantages of IPsec being located on the network layer in the OSI-Model (equivalent to Internet layer in the TCP/IP protocol stack). I really could not find enough good reasons for the advantages and disadvan (Distributions)