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OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

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Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

Introduction

OCserv is the OpenConnect VPN server. Its purpose is to be a secure, small, fast and configurable VPN server. It implements the OpenConnect SSL VPN protocol, and has also (currently experimental) compatibility with clients using the AnyConnect SSL VPN protocol. The OpenConnect protocol provides a dual TCP/UDP VPN channel, and uses the standard IETF security protocols to secure it. The server is implemented primarily for the GNU/Linux platform but its code is designed to be portable to other UNIX variants as well. From Ubuntu 16.04 onward, OCserv is included in the standard Ubuntu repositories, so you do not need to compile it from source. In this tutorial the iOS 9 client, which could be an iPad or an iPhone, will connect to the VPN server using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client.

Install packages on server

Log on to your server and install the OCserv package:

$ sudo apt-get install ocserv

We will also need the GnuTLS package, since we use the GnuTLS utilities to generate our public key infrastructure (keys and certificates):

$ sudo apt-get install gnutls-bin

We can use self-signed certificates or using a purchased commercial certificate from CA certificate providers, such as Comodo, StartSSL, WoSign and etc.

Make CA certificate and server certificate

The GnuTLS certificate tool (certtool) allows you to specify the fields for your certificates in a configuration template file.

Start by creating a configuration template file for your Certificate Authority (CA) certificate:

$ cd /etc/ocserv
$ sudo vim ca.tmpl

Press the I key on your keyboard to enter insert mode.

Enter the following fields into the CA configuration file, customizing the values as you prefer:

cn = "My CA"
organization = "My Org"
serial = 1
expiration_days = 3650
ca
signing_key
cert_signing_key
crl_signing_key

When you have finished entering the above, escape from insert mode, write the file to disk, and quit the editor.

Now generate a key and certificate for your CA, using the CA configuration template file you just created:

$ sudo certtool --generate-privkey --outfile ca-key.pem
$ sudo certtool --generate-self-signed --load-privkey ca-key.pem \
    --template ca.tmpl --outfile ca-cert.pem

Now create a server certificate template file:

$ sudo vim server.tmpl

Press the I key on your keyboard to enter insert mode.

Enter the following fields into the server configuration file. Note that in the common name (cn) field, you must specify your actual server IP address or hostname (shown as vpn.xuri.me in the example that follows):

cn = "vpn.xuri.me"
organization = "My Org"
expiration_days = 3650
signing_key
encryption_key
tls_www_server

When you have finished entering the above, escape from insert mode, write the file to disk, and quit the editor.

Generate the server key and certificate, using the configuration template file:

$ sudo certtool --generate-privkey --outfile server-key.pem
$ sudo certtool --generate-certificate --load-privkey server-key.pem \
    --load-ca-certificate ca-cert.pem --load-ca-privkey ca-key.pem \
    --template server.tmpl --outfile server-cert.pem

Use commercial certificate

For example I use WoSign Free SSL Certificates. I got 1_vpn.xuri.me_bundle.crt and 2_vpn.xuri.me.key two files. Convert .crt certificate to .pem format:

$ openssl x509 -in 1_vpn.xuri.me_bundle.crt -out server-cert.pem -outform PEM

Convert .key file to .pem format:

$ cat 2_vpn.xuri.me.key > server-key.pem

Put server-cert.pem and server-key.pem on path /etc/ocserv/, and set file permission 600.

If you are use CA certificates issued by StartSSL, you have got certificate cert.crt file, I some case you should create certificate chain and merge sub certificate and root certificate like this:

$ wget http://cert.startssl.com/certs/ca.pem
$ wget http://cert.startssl.com/certs/sub.class1.server.ca.pem
$ cat cert.crt sub.class1.server.ca.pem ca.pem > server-cert.pem

Configure the OpenConnect VPN server

Edit the OCserv sample configuration file that is provided in /etc/ocserv:

$ sudo vim ocserv.conf

Use the editor to comment out (#) the default values and replace them with those shown in the example that follows:

#auth = "pam[gid-min=1000]"
auth = "plain[/etc/ocserv/ocpasswd]"

#server-cert = /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem
#server-key = /etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key
server-cert = /etc/ocserv/server-cert.pem
server-key = /etc/ocserv/server-key.pem

#try-mtu-discovery = false
try-mtu-discovery = true

#dns = 192.168.1.2
dns = 8.8.8.8

# Comment out all route fields
#route = 10.10.10.0/255.255.255.0
#route = 192.168.0.0/255.255.0.0
#route = fef4:db8:1000:1001::/64

#no-route = 192.168.5.0/255.255.255.0

cisco-client-compat = true

When you have finished entering the above, escape from insert mode, write the file to disk, and quit the editor.

Create user id and password

Generate a user id and password that you will use to authenticate from AnyConnect to OCserv. For example, if you want your user id to be xuri:

$ sudo ocpasswd -c /etc/ocserv/ocpasswd xuri

You will be prompted to enter a password twice. The password will not be displayed on your terminal:

Enter password:
Re-enter password:

Enable packet forwarding

Allow forwarding in the Linux kernel by editing the system control configuration file:

$ sudo vim /etc/sysctl.conf

Delete the # sign at the start to uncomment the line:

net.ipv4.ip_forward=1

Write the file to disk and quit the editor, and make this change active now:

$ sudo sysctl -p

Open firewall

Open the server firewall for SSL:

$ sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT
$ sudo iptables -A INPUT -p udp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT

Enable network address translation (NAT):

$ sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j MASQUERADE

Assuming you have already installed iptables-persistent, reconfigure it to make your changes persist across server reboots:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure iptables-persistent

Start OpenConnect VPN server

Check that nothing is already listening on port 443:

$ sudo lsof -i

The command sudo lsof -i then showed systemd listening to port 443 on IPv6. I do not know why systemd was doing this. The command systemctl -all list-sockets showed the related unit as ocserv.socket. The solution was to issue the command sudo systemctl stop ocserv.socket.

Start OCserv:

$ sudo ocserv -c /etc/ocserv/ocserv.conf

Check that it is now listening on port 443 with the command:

$ sudo netstat -tulpn | grep 443

Make CA certificate available for download

Your client such as Mac, iPad or iPhone needs to be able to validate the server certificate. To allow it to do this, you must install your CA certificate on the iPad or iPhone as a trusted root certificate. The first step in this is to make the CA certificate available for download from your server.

Open the firewall so that you can reach the server from a browser:

$ sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT

Install Apache:

$ sudo apt-get install apache2

Copy the CA certificate into the web root folder:

$ sudo cp /etc/ocserv/ca-cert.pem /var/www/html

Download and install CA certificate

Connect OCserv on Mac

Download and install Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for OS X with last version. Add your server IP address (e.g. vpn.xuri.me):

OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

Enter your username:

OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

Enter your password:

OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

Connect to VPN

OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

Connect OCserv on mobile client

Now go to your iOS device (iPad or iPhone).

Open the Safari browser.

Browse to the location of the CA certificate at your server’s IP address. For example, if your server is located at vpn.xuri.me, then in Safari you would browse to:

http://vpn.xuri.me/ca-cert.pem

Follow the prompts to install the CA certificate as a “Profile” on your iOS 9 device.

Once the “Profile” (i.e., certificate) is installed, tap on Done:

OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

Install AnyConnect on iOS 9 client

On your iPad or iPhone, open the the App Store, and search for Cisco AnyConnect.

Configure AnyConnect on iOS 9 client

Open the AnyConnect app.

Tap on Connections.

Tap on Add VPN Connection.

  • Description is whatever you want
  • Server Address is your server IP address (e.g. vpn.xuri.me)

OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

Tap Save.

Connect to VPN

Now connect from your iPad or iPhone to your VPN.

You will be prompted to enter your username (the one you set up with ocpasswd a few minutes ago, for example, xuri):

OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

You will be prompted to enter your password (the one you set up for that username when you invoked ocpasswd):

OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

The AnyConnect VPN toggle goes green when you are connected:

OCserv on Ubuntu 16.04 for Cisco AnyConnect Client

(Also, if you log on to your server and use a command such as sudo tail /var/log/syslog, you will see messages such as sec-mod: initiating session for user 'xuri'.)

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