STUN and TURN library for Erlang / Elixir
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STUN and TURN library for Erlang / Elixir.

Both STUN (Session Traversal Utilities for NAT) and TURN standards are used as technics to establish media connection between peers for VoIP (for example using SIP or Jingle) and WebRTC.

They are part of a more general negotiation technique know as ICE (Interactive Connectivity Establishment).

To summarize:

  • A STUN server is used to get an external network address. It does not serve as a relay for the mediat raffic.
  • TURN servers are used to relay traffic if direct (peer to peer) connection fails.

Build

This is a pure Erlang implementation, so you do not need to have specific C libraries installed for the STUN, TURN, ICE code.

However, this code depends on ProcessOne Fast TLS, which depends on OpenSSL 1.0.0+ library.

Generic build

You can trigger build with:

make

Usage

The following sequence describe a STUN establishment.

First, start the application and stun listener:

1> application:start(stun).
ok
2> stun_listener:add_listener(3478, udp, []).
ok

Then, you can form and send a BindRequest:

3> rr(stun).
[state,stun,turn]
4> random:seed(erlang:timestamp()).
undefined

You can form a transaction id. Should be always 96 bit:

5> TrID = random:uniform(1 bsl 96).
41809861624941132369239212033

You then create a BindRequest message.

16#001 is ?STUN_METHOD_BINDING, defined in include/stun.hrl

6> Msg = #stun{method = 16#001, class = request, trid = TrID}.
#stun{class = request,method = 1,magic = 554869826,
     trid = 41809861624941132369239212033,raw = <<>>,
     unsupported = [],'ALTERNATE-SERVER' = undefined,
     'CHANNEL-NUMBER' = undefined,'DATA' = undefined,
     'DONT-FRAGMENT' = false,'ERROR-CODE' = undefined,
     'LIFETIME' = undefined,'MAPPED-ADDRESS' = undefined,
     'MESSAGE-INTEGRITY' = undefined,'NONCE' = undefined,
     'REALM' = undefined,'REQUESTED-TRANSPORT' = undefined,
     'SOFTWARE' = undefined,'UNKNOWN-ATTRIBUTES' = [],
     'USERNAME' = undefined,'XOR-MAPPED-ADDRESS' = undefined,
     'XOR-PEER-ADDRESS' = [],'XOR-RELAYED-ADDRESS' = undefined}

You can then establish connection to running server:

7> {ok, Socket} = gen_udp:open(0, [binary, {ip,
7> {127,0,0,1}},{active,false}]).
{ok,#Port<0.1020>}
8> {ok, Addr} = inet:sockname(Socket).
{ok,{{127,0,0,1},41906}}

The following call is for encoding BindRequest:

9> PktOut = stun_codec:encode(Msg).
<<0,1,0,0,33,18,164,66,135,24,78,148,65,4,128,0,0,0,0,1>>

The BindRequest can then be send:

10> gen_udp:send(Socket, {127,0,0,1}, 3478, PktOut).
ok

The follow code receives the BindResponse:

11> {ok, {_, _, PktIn}} = gen_udp:recv(Socket, 0).
{ok,{{127,0,0,1},
    3478,
    <<1,1,0,32,33,18,164,66,135,24,78,148,65,4,128,0,0,0,0,
      1,128,34,0,15,...>>}}

You can then decode the BindResponse:

12> {ok, Response} = stun_codec:decode(PktIn, datagram).
{ok,#stun{class = response,method = 1,magic = 554869826,
         trid = 41809861624941132369239212033,raw = <<>>,
         unsupported = [],'ALTERNATE-SERVER' = undefined,
         'CHANNEL-NUMBER' = undefined,'DATA' = undefined,
         'DONT-FRAGMENT' = false,'ERROR-CODE' = undefined,
         'LIFETIME' = undefined,'MAPPED-ADDRESS' = undefined,
         'MESSAGE-INTEGRITY' = undefined,'NONCE' = undefined,
         'REALM' = undefined,'REQUESTED-TRANSPORT' = undefined,
         'SOFTWARE' = <<"P1 STUN library">>,
         'UNKNOWN-ATTRIBUTES' = [],'USERNAME' = undefined,
         'XOR-MAPPED-ADDRESS' = {{127,0,0,1},41906},
         'XOR-PEER-ADDRESS' = [],'XOR-RELAYED-ADDRESS' = undefined}}

Finally, checking 'XOR-MAPPED-ADDRESS' attribute, should be equal to locally binded address:

13> Addr == Response#stun.'XOR-MAPPED-ADDRESS'.
true

Development

Test

Unit test

You can run eunit test with the command:

make test

References

You can refer to IETF specifications to learn more:

  • RFC 5389: Session Traversal Utilities for NAT (STUN).
  • RFC 5766: Traversal Using Relays around NAT (TURN): Relay Extensions to STUN.
  • RFC 5245: Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE): A Protocol for NAT Traversal for Offer/Answer Protocols.
  • RFC 6544: TCP Candidates with Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE)