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[Openvpn-users] Insufficient key material or header text not found found in file


  • Subject: [Openvpn-users] Insufficient key material or header text not found found in file
  • From: "Tommy Butler" <tommy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2007 15:25:54 -0500

Having a problem getting openvpn client to connect to my openvpn server.

When I try to connect I get an error.  My key file is attached, as I will not be using it and it is for demonstration purpoes only in order to verify amongst you all that the key is in fact legitimate and not malformed.  I used pkitool to set up dh, create the ca, the intermediate ca, and generate all keys for both server and clients as explained in the documentation.  However when I copy the keys, certs, and other files from the server over to my windows clients I then encounter errors when trying to start up openvpn.

Here is the error text I get (I thank you all in advance for any insight!)

C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config>openvpn proqualitysoft.ovpn
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=10889 Current Parameter Settings:
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11169   config = 'proqualitysoft.ovpn'
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11269   mode = 0
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11359   show_ciphers = DISABLED
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11446   show_digests = DISABLED
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11533   show_engines = DISABLED
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11619   genkey = DISABLED
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11705   key_pass_file = '[UNDEF]'
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11792   show_tls_ciphers = DISABLED
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11879   proto = 0
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=11964 NOTE: --mute triggered...
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=12076 178 variation(s) on previous 10 message(s) sup
pressed by --mute
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=12525 OpenVPN 2.0.9 Win32-MinGW [SSL] [LZO] built on
 Oct  1 2006
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=37487 IMPORTANT: OpenVPN's default port number is no
w 1194, based on an official port number assignment by IANA.  OpenVPN 2.0-beta16
 and earlier used 5000 as the default port.
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=53648 WARNING: --ping should normally be used with -
-ping-restart or --ping-exit
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=53790 WE_INIT maxevents=4 flags=0x00000002
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=53852 WE_INIT maxevents=4 capacity=8
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=53916 PID packet_id_init seq_backtrack=64 time_backt
rack=15
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=54587 Insufficient key material or header text not f
ound found in file 'C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\ssl\keys\tommy.butler.key' (0/128/2
56 bytes found/min/max)
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=54758 Exiting
Thu Oct 04 15:03:00 2007 us=54813 Closing Win32 semaphore 'openvpn_netcmd'

Attachment: tommy.butler.key
Description: Binary data

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