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Re: [Openvpn-users] redirect-gateway and Vista

  • Subject: Re: [Openvpn-users] redirect-gateway and Vista
  • From: James Yonan <jim@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 17:05:09 -0700

Carsten Krüger wrote:
> Hello James,
>> As a part of testing the just-released 2.1-rc5, I tested the following
>> client configuration on Vista x86.  I ran the GUI with "run as 
>> administrator", then successfully connected.   The redirection was 
>> successful.  I verified by going to whatismyip.com and saw the server's
>> IP address shown.
>> Note that because redirect-gateway requires routes to be added to the
>> client's routing table, Vista will require that OpenVPN is running with
>> administrator privileges.  This can be accomplished by running the GUI
>> with administrator privileges, because when the GUI calls an OpenVPN 
>> process to start the tunnel, the administrator privileges are inherited
>> the OpenVPN process.
> Why does the GUI call (starts) the OpenVPN process?
> I thought OpenVPN 2.1 uses a service that is started/stopped with
> OpenVPN-GUI and maybe a password is passed to the service.
> The service has local system rights.

The current Windows GUI was developed before the management interface 
existed, and currently doesn't have the ability to control an OpenVPN 
process which is started by something other than the GUI itself.


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