[SOLVED] OpenVPN: Add clients without rebuilding all keys?

I’ve followed this video:

and after a lot of reading and brain-storming / testing with a friend got myself a working openvpn setup.

Here is the server config:

cat /etc/openvpn/server.andrzejl.eu.conf

dev tun
port 40404
proto tcp
cipher AES-256-CBC
ca server.andrzejl.eu.crt
cert client.andrzejl.eu.crt
key client.andrzejl.eu.key
dh server.andrzejl.eu.dh8192.pem
push "redirect-gateway def1 bypass-dhcp"
push "dhcp-option DNS"
push "dhcp-option DNS"
#push "route"
push "route"
script-security 3 system
client-connect /etc/openvpn/Client_Connected.sh
keepalive 10 60
user nobody
group nobody

Here is the script that is sending me e-mail each time somebody connects:

cat /etc/openvpn/Client_Connected.sh

#Send an email when a client connects with today's time and date
NOW="$(date +"%H:%M:%S - %d-%m-%Y")"
sendmail openvpn@andrzejl.eu <<EOF
FROM: openvpn@andrzejl.eu
TO: andrzejl@andrzejl.eu
SUBJECT: $NOW: Client connected to the AndrzejL.eu OpenVPN server: $common_name
At $NOW, $common_name connected to the AndrzejL.eu OpenVPN server.
Client's IP: $trusted_ip
Client's PORT: $trusted_port
Client's MTU: $tun_mtu
exit 0

Here is the example of the message that script would send:


09:14:09 - 02-02-2015: Client connected to the AndrzejL.eu OpenVPN server: andrzejl


At 09:14:09 - 02-02-2015, andrzejl connected to the AndrzejL.eu OpenVPN server.
Client's IP:
Client's PORT: 59213
Client's MTU: 1500

Here is the list of the server files with permissions:

ls --full /etc/openvpn/

total 44
-r-------- 1 root root 13749 2014-08-24 10:45:55.412850235 +0100 client.andrzejl.eu.crt
-r-------- 1 root root 6388 2014-08-24 10:45:55.429517125 +0100 client.andrzejl.eu.key
-r-x------ 1 nobody nobody 448 2015-01-31 19:30:05.772365139 +0000 Client_Connected.sh
drw------- 3 root root 4096 2014-08-22 00:27:38.010289003 +0100 easy-rsa
-r-------- 1 root root 500 2015-01-31 19:07:28.741675880 +0000 server.andrzejl.eu.conf
-r-------- 1 root root 3857 2014-08-24 10:45:55.442850636 +0100 server.andrzejl.eu.crt
-r-------- 1 root root 1464 2014-08-24 10:45:55.449517392 +0100 server.andrzejl.eu.dh8192.pem

The server was enabled and started.

systemctl enable openvpn@server.andrzejl.eu

systemctl start openvpn@server.andrzejl.eu

And here a bit about client…

cat /etc/modules-load.d/openvpn.conf


Here is the client config:

cat /etc/openvpn/andrzejl.eu.conf

dev tun
proto tcp
remote andrzejl.eu 40404
resolv-retry infinite
ca server.andrzejl.eu.crt
cert client.andrzejl.eu.crt
key client.andrzejl.eu.key
remote-cert-tls server
cipher AES-256-CBC
verb 3

Here is the list of the client side files with permissions:

ls --full /etc/openvpn/

total 52
-r-------- 1 root root 214 2015-01-31 17:50:39.000000000 +0000 andrzejl.eu.conf
-r-------- 1 andrzejl andrzejl 13624 2014-08-24 17:37:11.000000000 +0100 client.andrzejl.eu.crt
-r-------- 1 andrzejl andrzejl 6392 2014-08-24 17:37:07.000000000 +0100 client.andrzejl.eu.key
-r-------- 1 root root 3857 2014-08-24 12:26:47.000000000 +0100 server.andrzejl.eu.crt

The client can be enabled at boot with:

systemctl enable openvpn@andrzejl.eu

or started manually with

systemctl start openvpn@andrzejl.eu

IF You do not use systemd based distro You can start the OpenVPN client with this set of commands:


modprobe tun

cd /etc/openvpn/

openvpn ./andrzejl.eu.conf

It will work fine too.

So I had the openvpn server up and running… However then I’ve ran into a little snag… I have rebooted the server and went about my business just to realize that I have no idea how to generate keys for clients. Turns out its not JUST enter the directory and run the ./build-key newclient command…

[easy-rsa]# ./build-key newclient
Please edit the vars script to reflect your configuration,
then source it with “source ./vars”.
Next, to start with a fresh PKI configuration and to delete any
previous certificates and keys, run “./clean-all”.
Finally, you can run this tool (pkitool) to build certificates/keys.
[easy-rsa]# ls keys/

cd /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/
. ./vars
./build-key newclient

This however… Works ;).

Source: http://serverfault.com/questions/229116/openvpn-add-clients-without-rebuilding-all-keys



P.S. Replace the word newclient with the nickname / name of the person you’re generating the key for…


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One Comment:

  1. Dzięĸi 🙂 Jak zawsze, działa 🙂

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