[Openswan Users] Can't connect to VPN Server

Adam Wu airhello at ymail.com
Tue Aug 31 20:56:25 EDT 2010

Thanks for reply!
>What version of openswan is this?  openswan version: 2.6.28.
>strongswan 4.0.7 seems old?  Maybe the strongswan is too old. But I can connect to the vpn in Windows.
--- On Tue, 8/31/10, Paul Wouters <paul at xelerance.com> wrote:

From: Paul Wouters <paul at xelerance.com>
Subject: Re: [Openswan Users] Can't connect to VPN Server
To: "Adam Wu" <airhello at ymail.com>
Cc: users at openswan.org
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 5:10 PM

On Tue, 31 Aug 2010, Adam Wu wrote:

> I install the openswan in Linux, and connect to the VPN Server but fail.
> What is wrong with it?
> The connect message is:
> 002 "wan" #1: initiating Main Mode
> 104 "wan" #1: STATE_MAIN_I1: initiate
> 003 "wan" #1: ignoring Vendor ID payload [strongSwan 4.0.7]

Looks like the remote peer is strongswan

> 002 "wan" #1: transition from state STATE_MAIN_I2 to state STATE_MAIN_I3
> 108 "wan" #1: STATE_MAIN_I3: sent MI3, expecting MR3
> 003 "wan" #1: next payload type of ISAKMP Hash Payload has an unknown value: 217
> 003 "wan" #1: malformed payload in packet
> 002 "wan" #1: sending notification PAYLOAD_MALFORMED to
> 003 "wan" #1: discarding duplicate packet; already STATE_MAIN_I3

This could be a bug in strongswan, or perhaps a mismatched PSK?

What version of openswan is this? If it is a recent openswan (eg 2.4.15 or
2.6.2x) then the openswan side should be fine.

strongswan 4.0.7 seems old? Perhaps upgrade that end first?


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