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Setting up an OpenVPN server

  1. yum install openvpn.$HOSTTYPE
  2. Copy /usr/share/openvpn/easy-rsa/2.0 somewhere (like root's home directory with cp -ai /usr/share/openvpn/easy-rsa/2.0 ~/easy-rsa).
  3. cd ~/easy-rsa
  4. Edit vars appropriately.
  5. . vars
  6. ./clean-all
  7. Before continuing, make sure the system time is correct. Preferably, set up NTP .
  8. ./build-ca
  9. ./build-inter $( hostname | cut -d. -f1 )
  10. ./build-dh
  11. mkdir /etc/openvpn/keys
  12. cp -ai keys/$( hostname | cut -d. -f1 ).{crt,key} keys/ca.crt keys/dh1024.pem /etc/openvpn/keys/
  13. cp -ai /usr/share/doc/openvpn-*/sample-config-files/roadwarrior-server.conf /etc/openvpn/server.conf
  14. Edit /etc/openvpn/server.conf appropriately to set your configuration and key paths.
  15. chkconfig --level 2345 openvpn on
  16. service openvpn start
  17. Verify that firewall rules allow traffic in from tun+, out from the LAN to tun+, and in from the outside on UDP port 1194.

The following should work (assuming your outside interface is eth1 and your inside interface is eth0):

iptables -A INPUT -i eth1 -p udp --dport 1194 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -i tun+ -j ACCEPT
iptables -A FORWARD -i tun+ -j ACCEPT
iptables -A FORWARD -i eth0 -o tun+ -j ACCEPT
iptables -A FORWARD -i eth1 -o tun+ -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

Or for genfw (my firewall-generation script, not currently available in Fedora), this in /etc/sysconfig/genfw/rules:

append INPUT -i eth1 -p udp --dport 1194 -j ACCEPT
append INPUT -i tun+ -j ACCEPT
append FORWARD -i tun+ -j ACCEPT
append FORWARD -i eth0 -o tun+ -j ACCEPT
append FORWARD -i eth1 -o tun+ -j established

Setting up a Linux OpenVPN client

You need to generate new keys (or use existing other client/username keys) for the new client/username

On the server:

  1. <code>cd easy-rsa
  2. . vars
  3. ./build-key username

On the client:

  1. Copy username.key, username.crt and ca.crt from server to /etc/openvpn/keys/.
  2. cp -ai /usr/share/doc/openvpn-*/sample-config-files/roadwarrior-client.conf /etc/openvpn/client.conf
  3. Edit /etc/openvpn/client.conf appropriately to set your configuration (just like server configuration, port, compression,..) and key paths.
  4. chkconfig --level 2345 openvpn on
  5. service openvpn start

check /var/log/messages if things didn't work as expected

Setting up a Windows OpenVPN client

On the server:

  1. cd easy-rsa
  2. . vars
  3. ./build-key username

On the client:

  1. Install the OpenVPN GUI or the stand-alone OpenVPN client.
  2. Copy username.crt, username.key, and ca.crt to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config\ on the client.
  3. Drop roadwarrior-client.conf into C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config\ as whatever.ovpn and edit appropriately.
  4. Either use the GUI to start the connection, start the OpenVPN service manually, or set the OpenVPN service to start automatically.

Ideally the client should do some verification on the server key with tls-remote in the whatever.ovpn configuration file.