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Re: [Openvpn-users] Disable time-checking of certificates


  • Subject: Re: [Openvpn-users] Disable time-checking of certificates
  • From: Jason Haar <Jason.Haar@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 14:01:23 +1300

Mathias Sundman wrote:

However, I ran inte problems because the hardware clock in one of the machines was malfunctional, so the time was reset each time the machine was rebooted.

This caused the openvpn connection to fail because the issued certificates were not yet valid.


Just configure NTP and be done with it. Make sure that NTP starts before OpenVPN and you'll be set.


[I'm assuming these are Unix boxes. If they were Windows, you'd have even more reason to have clocks in sync - Kerberos in Active Directory is *extremely* unhappy with out-of-whack clocks...]

If you can't do this for some reason - don't use certs. Part of the extra security associated with certificates is the extra formality of constraints they work under - trying to disable those constraints (like checking times) is reducing the security of certificates in an unsupported manner - you might even end up with something less secure than you thought (e.g. it might open OpenVPN up to replay attacks)

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