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23 February 2010

VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

uff, it really works

It took me some time, but this evening I finally got it rolling: I have set up a VPN connection from my Nokia e71 mobile phone to my OpenBSD server. On the Nokia phone I'm using Nokia's VPN client, on OpenBSD I'm using the standard, built-in IPsec with a setup in /etc/ipsec.conf.

I've learned quite a bit in the process, but mostly I've learned that I really want to learn more about this IPsec / VPN stuff. I'm looking for a good book now. As for my setup and config files, right now I'm reluctant to publish them. I'm tired and I'd like to go over them another time while I'm more awake, when I've done that, I can post my sample config and hope that it helps others.

What can I do now with this setup? Well, first of all I'll be much more relaxed to use open and/or unknown wifi networks. Second, I'm able now to connect to my VoIP/SIP provider even when I'm on a 3G connection, as all provider blocks are circumvented by going through the the VPN.

Update: Docs announced.

Update 2: Looks like dcasati from Mailbox 211 has confirmed the setup for 4.7-stable


Posted by betabug at 21:59 | Comments (11) | Trackbacks (1)
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Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

*very* looking forward to the details for this. hope to see them soon! :)

Posted by: peter hessler at February 24,2010 10:27
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

Probably get around to writing things up this evening, there seems to be some interest in this :-)

Posted by: betabug at February 24,2010 10:33
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

When you say "probably get around to writing things up this evening", who is the subject of that action? you or some unknown being that you are talking to out of your cheap attitude? :p

Posted by: saad at February 24,2010 10:38
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

saad: I was going to delegate it to you and xsa, just like I delegate this twittering business.

Posted by: betabug at February 24,2010 11:23
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

Felicitations! No mercy to the ISPs. Waiting for the details...

Posted by: Panagiotis at February 24,2010 17:10
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

It would be nice to see an article about using PPTP VPN on Nokia E71 phone via SymVPN software.
Thanks.

Posted by: Elan at May 04,2010 02:32
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

Elan, I have to disagree. PPTP is a train wreck. Both from the standpoint of security, as from the standpoint of implementation. Maybe I should make an article on that.

For starters, search the web for [pptp nat problems], you will see plenty of train wreck stories.

Posted by: betabug at May 04,2010 07:38
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

Hi, I apologize but I do not really understand how you have configured OpenBSD, you could write clearly in trifles?
Thanks a lot.

Posted by: Andy at August 27,2010 14:48
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

Andy, look at the "Docs" link above, then there is a link to my OpenBSD setup.

I do not teach how to set up VPN on OpenBSD, I just write down what I've set up... you will have to read up at other places too, sorry.

Posted by: betabug at August 27,2010 15:23
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

Hi,

I've tested your set-up on 4.7 stable, and it works like a charm. It would be nice if we could assign an IP to the phone through vpn but it is ok and so.

Keep it up and ... thanks !

Cheers
Claudiu

Posted by: Claudiu at October 02,2010 08:27
Re: VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

I was also working on this topic about the same time. But I first wrote down a tutorial in Chinese. The English version was posted about 4 months ago. Here is the link:

http://www.gomobi.org/vpn/introduction-of-the-mobile-vpn-ipsec-client-on-nokia-symbian-smartphones-3.html

Posted by: vpn4nokia at September 19,2011 13:27
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Docs for VPN from Nokia e71 to OpenBSD IPsec

This evening I wrote down the documentation to go with yesterdays post about me getting the VPN
from my e71 to my OpenBSD server working. I've put the documentation into my little wiki, which
makes editing for me easier, but commenting right there fo...

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