[Openswan Users] OpenSWAN server / VPNC client

Paul Wouters paul at xelerance.com
Mon Jan 25 13:09:36 EST 2010

On Mon, 25 Jan 2010, Bobirnila Teodor wrote:

> The options that I have to set are:
> 1. Gateway: (IPSec gateway address - server IP);
> 2. GroupName: (IPSec ID for gateway);
> 3. Group password: (IPsec secret for group);
> 4. Username: (remote access personal username);
> 5. Password: (remote access password);

Missing info:
IKE algos:
ESP algos:
PFS setting:
Main Mode or Aggressive Mode:
Mode Config options?:

> IPSec gateway


> IPSec ID test.vpn.com


> IPSec secret test

Add : PSK "test" to the ipsec.secrets file

> Xauth username tester


> Xauth password tester

Add tester : XAUTH "tester" to the ipsec.secrets file.


> On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 7:54 PM, Paul Wouters <paul at xelerance.com> wrote:
>       On Mon, 25 Jan 2010, Bobirnila Teodor wrote:
>             I've tried to configure OpenSWAN deployed on Ubuntu 9.10 as a VPN server that
>             accepts connections from a
>             VPNC (IPsec-based) client (also running on Linux). The Client (vpnc) can only be
>             configured through the
>             Network Manager. (it is meant to work for unexperienced users, like Windows
>             users, that are familiar with
>             network connection wizards). My questions is, after trying all sorts of
>             configurations for ipsec.conf and
>             ipsec.secrets if that is possible. If it is, can you please provide me a basic
>             configuration for this
>             network setup (.conf and .secrets)? 
>             I have to mention that I can ONLY use vpnc as Client.
> I have no idea about vpnc. I thought it was a "cisco client"? It might be doing
> some weird things.
> If you tell me the options you've set in that client, I can tell you what options
> to set in openswan.
> Paul

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