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Publisher: Packt Publishing (March 15, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 190481185X ISBN-13: 978-1904811855
Product Description OpenVPN is a powerful, open source SSL VPN application. It can secure site-to-si te connections, WiFi and enterprise-scale remote connections. While being a full -featured VPN solution, OpenVPN is easy to use and does not suffer from the comp lexity that characterizes other IPSec VPN implementations. It uses the secure an d stable TLS/SSL mechanisms for authentication and encryption. This book is an e asy introduction to this popular VPN application. After introducing the basics o f security and VPN, the book moves on to cover using OpenVPN, from installing it on various platforms, through configuring basic tunnels, to more advanced featu res, such as using the application with firewalls, routers, proxy servers, and O penVPN scripting. While providing only necessary theoretical background, the boo k takes a practical approach, presenting plenty of examples. Network administrat ors and any one who is interested in building secure VPNs using OpenVPN will fin d the book valuable. It presumes basic knowledge of Linux, but no knowledge of V PNs is required. All basic VPN and relevant security concepts are covered. Chapt er 1 looks at what VPNs are, how they evolved during the last decade, why it is necessary to modern enterprises, how typical VPNs work. The chapter also covers some essential networking concepts. Chapter 2 explains VPN security issues, incl uding symmetric and asymmetric encryption, the SSL/TLS library, and SSL certific ates. Chapter 3 introduces OpenVPN. In this chapter, we learn about the history of OpenVPN, how OpenVPN works, and how OpenVPN compares to IPSec VPN application s. Chapter 4 covers installing OpenVPN on both Windows, the Mac, Linux, and Free BSD. It covers the installation on Linux from the source code and RPM packages. Installation on Suse and Debian is covered in detail. In Chapter 5, an encryptio n key for OpenVPN is created and it is then used to setup up our first OpenVPN T unnel between two windows systems in the same network. The key is then copied on a Linux system and this system is connected through a tunnel to the first windo ws machine. Chapter 6 shows how to create x509 server and client certificates fo r use with OpenVPN. easy-rsa which comes with OpenVPN and is available for both Windows and Linux is used. Chapter 7 reviews the syntax of the command line tool openvpn, which enables building tunnels quickly. The configuration options of o penvpn are covered in detail with examples. Chapter 8 shows how to make the exam ple tunnels created earlier safer and persistent by choosing a reliable combinat ion of configuration file parameters. It then covers how to configure firewalls on Linux and Windows to work with OpenVPN. Chapter 9 focuses on using xca, the a dvanced Windows tool with which x509 certificates can be easily managed. Its Lin ux equivalent, Tinyca2, which can even manage multiple certificate authorities, is also covered. Chapter 10 covers advanced OpenVPN configurations, including Tu nneling through a proxy server, pushing routing commands to clients, pushing and setting the default route through a tunnel, Distributed compilation through VPN tunnels with distcc, and OpenVPN scripting. Chapter 11 shows how to debug and m onitor VPN tunnels. It covers standard networking tools that can be used for sca nning and testing the connectivity of a VPN server.