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[Openvpn-users] I don't get it: why use a certificate?


  • Subject: [Openvpn-users] I don't get it: why use a certificate?
  • From: Todd and Margo Chester <ToddAndMargo@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 19:03:59 -0700

Hi All,

I am reading

    http://openvpn.net/howto.html#pki

on how to set up a certificate.  I am
failing to see how a certificate is
superior to just using a secret key.

For instance, if a laptop gets stolen,
don't the bad guys have everything they
need to use the tunnel regardless if
you are using a certificate or a key?

The section on starting and testing the
tunnel

    http://openvpn.net/howto.html#start

shows no sign of any prompts for passwords.
If you have the laptop, you have the farm.

I don't get it.  Can some kind person
straighten me out?

Many thanks,
--T

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