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OpenBSD and vpnc - force disconnect on exit

Posted on 2011-09-15
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Hi Guys,

My question: Is there a way to force vpnc to disconnect when I log out (Cisco VPN Client has this option - for Windows).

I have an OpenBSD 4.9 server with vpnc.

I ssh into the OpenBSD server (from my Windows laptop) and then run vpnc to connect to another network (so far so good).

[1] As soon as I connect the vpnc connection, I'm unable to establish a 2nd connection to the OpenBSD server from my laptop.
[2] Also, when I log out from the OpenBSD server, the vpnc connection remains active, preventing me from logging into the OpenBSD server again.

I then have to go to the OpenBSD server, and run "pkill vpnc" from the console.

Thereafter I can ssh into the OpenBSD server again.

Thank you,

J

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[1] do you see anything in vpnc logs (or messages) why 2ns connection does not connect.
[2] It is designed to work like this. It suns a background daemon which does not disappear with session. There is a "screen" utility if it does not run in background well. Probably there is no remedy.
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You can simply create a logout script that would kill the vpnc job.
More on logout scripts here:
http://webmaster.iu.edu/tool_guide_info/logout_script.shtml
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vpnc runs as root, logout script will not help.
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If the user would set passwordless sudo privileges, that may help.
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If there ais any other user they can run a portscan and exploits over that vpn connection while it is connected, it will not start ringing and whistling...
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Normally you give B grade  for simple pointers that lead to solution...
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Point taken.
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