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schalliol Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 14, 2008 7:48 PM
Does anyone know of a way to get OpenVPN to work with an iPhone? Our business utilizes OpenVPN and I'd like to let our iPhone users access through this type of connection. Thanks for any thoughts!
MacBook Pro 2.16, Mac Pro 2007, Mac Pro 2008, iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.4), Both Mac Pros running RAIDs
  • Bruce Burdick, Jr. Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jul 15, 2008 8:33 PM (in response to schalliol)
    I am very interested in OpenVPN for the iPhone 3G, as well.

    -B...
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  • SpaceBass Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)
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    Jul 16, 2008 6:24 AM (in response to Bruce Burdick, Jr.)
    I suspect its a pipe dream - but it should would be nice
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  • Matt Kulka Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Jul 28, 2008 3:13 PM (in response to schalliol)
    Creating an OpenVPN tunnel requires a tap/tun interface. This is provided on OS X with a kernel extension. Unfortunately, it's not easy (without the iPhone kernel source) to compile the extensions for the iPhone. Even if so, it'd be unlikely Apple would allow 3rd party kernel extensions on the iPhone.

    For what it's worth, I've successfully compiled OpenVPN for the iPhone. It's just useless until somebody can manage to get the tun/tap kernel extension compiled.
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  • Adam Neilson1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 1, 2008 6:45 AM (in response to schalliol)
    I'd like to add my name to the list of people desiring OpenVPN support on the iPhone.

    Please please please
  • Paul Judd Level 6 Level 6 (13,420 points)
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    Aug 1, 2008 9:49 AM (in response to schalliol)
    schalliol wrote:
    That sure is disappointing. It's too bad that the SDK doesn't allow extensions of functionality like this. I heard there was an App called NetShare up for a few hours that let you share your Internet connection, so maybe there's some way of doing it via an app.



    That was pulled since AT&T does not allow tethering which is what that App was all about.
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  • Matt Kulka Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Aug 4, 2008 11:59 PM (in response to schalliol)
    NetShare is just a simple SOCKS proxy. You configure your app (web browser or other SOCKS compatible app) to use it, it connects to it and tells it where to connect to and then data is relayed. All done over TCP.

    Tunnelling or encapsulation is a good bit harder because it requires lower-level packet manipulation. No, there's nothing wrong with it from a ToS stand point but Apple doesn't want people mucking about with kernel extensions on the iPhone since they're going for 'stability'. (Yes, that makes me chuckle too There isn't even an official Apple tun/tap kernel extension for Mac OS X, it's third party.
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  • tooloo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 18, 2008 4:09 AM (in response to Adam Neilson1)
    Me too
    Its necessary to work fully at business !!
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  • dittert Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 29, 2008 12:36 PM (in response to tooloo)
    Has anyone created a bugreport entry that I can refer to?

    I really would like to see that feature, too.
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  • clausdh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 30, 2008 6:42 AM (in response to Adam Neilson1)
    One more paying customer for openvpn support!
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  • Egg1234 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 3, 2008 6:24 AM (in response to clausdh)
    Count me in, too!
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  • daveys110 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 8, 2008 2:16 AM (in response to schalliol)
    I take it there's still no sign of an OpenVPN client for the iPhone 3G 2.1fw?
    iPhone 3G
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