[opensource] VPN + OSU + Linux

Brian Swaney swaney.29 at osu.edu
Tue Mar 18 20:48:50 EDT 2008

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Well, it returns a bunch of compiler errors. I am guessing it doesn't
like the Ubuntu headers. They're in /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.20-16/
The interaction is as follows:<br>
Directory where binaries will be installed [/usr/local/bin] /usr/include<br>
Automatically start the VPN service at boot time [yes] yes<br>
In order to build the VPN kernel module, you must have the<br>
kernel headers for the version of the kernel you are running.<br>
For RedHat 6.x users these files are installed in /usr/src/linux by
For RedHat 7.x users these files are installed in /usr/src/linux-2.4 by
For Suse 7.3 users these files are installed in
/usr/src/linux-2.4.10.SuSE by default<br>
Directory containing linux kernel source code
[/lib/modules/2.6.20-16-generic/build] /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.20-16/<br>
* Binaries will be installed in "/usr/include".<br>
* Modules will be installed in
* The VPN service will be started AUTOMATICALLY at boot time.<br>
* Kernel source from "/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.20-16/" will be used
to build the module.<br>
Is the above correct [y] yes<br>
Making module<br>
Create module directory "/lib/modules/2.6.20-16-generic/CiscoVPN".<br>
Copying module to directory "/lib/modules/2.6.20-16-generic/CiscoVPN".<br>
Creating start/stop script "/etc/init.d/vpnclient_init".<br>
Enabling start/stop script for run level 3,4 and 5.<br>
Creating VPN configuration file
Installing license.txt (VPN Client license) in
Installing bundled user profiles in
* New Profiles&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; : OSUnet sample <br>
Copying binaries to directory "/usr/include".<br>
Setting permissions.<br>
/usr/include/cvpnd (setuid root)<br>
/etc/CiscoSystemsVPNClient (world writeable)<br>
/etc/CiscoSystemsVPNClient/Profiles (world writeable)<br>
/etc/CiscoSystemsVPNClient/Certificates (world writeable)<br>
* You may wish to change these permissions to restrict access to root.<br>
* You must run "/etc/init.d/vpnclient_init start" before using the
* This script will be run AUTOMATICALLY every time you reboot your
Then it returns a series of compiler errors that don't fit into one
terminal window, a few of which I attached as a GZipped file. I told
their IT staff about it mentioning older versions of Linux, and they
said they updated it, but running diff on the 2 seperate files returned
nothing, and my download count from osusls.osu.edu didn't reset. I also
get the same errors from it. I have tried a patched version from
<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://tuxx-home.at/archives/2007/04/10/T15_55_43/">http://tuxx-home.at/archives/2007/04/10/T15_55_43/</a> as well as switching
to several other directories.<br>
<pre class="moz-signature" cols="72">-Brian Swaney

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William R. Lorenz wrote:
 cite="midPine.LNX.4.64.0803181724220.10131 at pluto.express.org"
You're probably referring to the Cisco VPN client and the PCF file and
all that happy jazz?&nbsp; I know there's a Linux version of the client that
should work as long as they don't push out a firewall requirement to
the clients.
What issues are you specifically experiencing with the VPN client
On Tue, 18 Mar 2008, Brian Swaney wrote:
  <blockquote type="cite">Has anyone been able to connect to OSU's VPN
network under Linux (specifically Ubuntu)? They use a proprietary Cisco
client that I can't seem to install, and encrypt a group password into
a configuration file for it, in effect locking out all other programs.
Since my ISP is dumb, there aren't any SMTP servers here. In order to
use OSU's SMTP server, you need to use an on-campus IP address, which
can be a VPN. Up until now, I used the CSE SMTP servers because I was
enrolled in a class, but my account is expiring today, leaving me with
the ever-reliable webmail to send mail with.

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