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Prepare for removal of PPTP VPN before you upgrade to iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Posted on 2016-09-30
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Apple mentioned removing PPTP lately, details here.

Haven't been able to find in any great detail the "security risks" Apple mentions. I don't  mind Shimo VPN as an alternative however for the sake of "security risk" resonating throughout clients running MAC's would like a better answer than the extremely light reasoning Apple brings up. Can't help if the "real" issue is MAC won't support PPTP any longer and rather than just saying so use a play on words regarding security. As well, they never got into L2TP/IPSec and IKEv2/IPSec protocols.
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I'm not sure what the question is here.  

If it's looking for a reason as to why PPTP is being deprecated, then the answer is fairly straightforward.  It is no longer considered a secure protocol.  The issues surrounding it have been discussed for several years now:
-  http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/45509/are-there-any-known-vulnerabilities-in-pptp-vpns-when-configured-properly
- http://www.h-online.com/security/features/A-death-blow-for-PPTP-1716768.html

Even the designers of the protocol, Microsoft, don't advise using it:
- http://pptpclient.sourceforge.net/protocol-security.phtml


If it's looking for a way to continue using it in the Mac O/S 10 & iOS 10 world, then you might have found a winner in Shimo.  I have never used it but it claims to do just what you want it to do.

If you are looking for advice on switching, I'm sure others can chime in on their favourite.  We use Cisco VPN (Any Connect) and it works quite well for us, on multiple platforms.

If you are just looking to vent, well, we get that.  I'm sure most of us hate when support for a well known and/or key infrastructure tool is removed from an O/S.  It means a huge amount of work in re-configuring many clients across an entire organization.

Hope the above helps.
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Great response and appreciate it. Just needed some clarification.
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What are the costs using Cisco VPN (Any Connect)
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Works2011 wrote:
What are the costs using Cisco VPN (Any Connect)

I really can't say.  I am not involved in that end of things (purchasing or core network management).  I can tell you that we had invested in Cisco H/W and S/W quite heavily several years ago, so it was a fairly natural progression for us.

Glad to have helped.
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