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[Openvpn-devel] Re: Interface with GUI agent


  • Subject: [Openvpn-devel] Re: Interface with GUI agent
  • From: James Yonan <jim@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2004 15:13:29 -0400

On Monday 05 July 2004 14:49, Mathias Sundman wrote:
> On Sun, 4 Jul 2004, Jan Kiszka wrote:
> > I would like to have some mechanism to fork an openvpn instance and let
> > the new process use a specific configuration file. This would allow to
> > start only certain VPN tunnels depending on what the user selects in the
> > GUI.
>
> I've been giving this some more thought... and I agree we definitly need
> something like this.
>
> Is it possible in windows to install a program as SUID in unix, so the
> application is ran as administrator even though it is started by an
> ordinary user? If yes, that would be eliminate the need to fork new
> processes (as I can think of right now atleast).

No, I don't think this is possible in Windows.

> If no, Is it only on windows we can't do this, or do we have this problem
> on other platforms too?

Most other platforms support the SUID bit.

> If it's a windows specific problem, then maybe this functionally should be
> in the service wrapper. If we add a simple interface to the service
> wrapper our gui client could tell the service wrapper to start new openvpn
> processes when we want.

Yes, this is probably a better idea.

> If it's not a windows specific problem, then I suppost it's best to add
> the functionallity in the openvpn binary so we get the portability.

I don't think the openvpn binary needs to know about this.  But the service 
wrapper probably needs a second mode of operation, where instead of getting 
its config files by scanning a directory, it listens on a local socket for a 
command from the GUI to start an openvpn.exe instance.

James

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