[maemo-users] Web (SSL) VPN on n810

From: Matthew Alexander ma4d at hotmail.com
Date: Tue Jan 8 00:19:04 EET 2008
Has anyone had experience getting a browser-based SSL VPN to work on the n810?  Our company uses F5 FirePass which created a browser plugin to connect to its VPN hardware.  I tried to install a plugin both through the browser and manually as root with the terminal and had no luck.  The components are all in the right places and have the right permissions according to F5 but the browser just does not seem to recognize the plugin.  F5's directions are below.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  I'm going to have to return this to Nokia if I can't access my work network with it.

It is supported on these platforms:

Linux (see instructions above for Linux/Unix)

  a.. Workstations with libc version 2 and later 
  b.. Kernel support for PPP interfaces (loadable module or statically built in)
  c.. PPPD program in the /sbin directory 
  d.. Supported Linux platforms: 
  Debian® 3.1r0 
  Fedora " Core 2 
  Fedora " Core 3 
  Fedora " Core 4 
  Red Hat® 9.0 
  Slackware® 10.1 
  SuSE® 9.x Professional 
  TurboLinux® Desktop
Supported browsers

  a.. Firefox® 1.0.x 
  b.. HP® iPAQ 4155, Version 4.20.0 - Windows® Mobile 2003, First Edition 
  -i-mode phone 
  c.. Microsoft® Internet Explorer, version 5.0, 5.5, or 6.0 
  d.. Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 and Microsoft® Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003 
  e.. Mozilla® version 1.7.x 
  f.. Netscape® Navigator, version 4.7x or 7.x 
  g.. OpenWave® WAP browser 
  h.. Mozilla® version 1.7.x on Apple® Mac OS® X 10.2.x systems 
  i.. Safari® version 1.2 on Apple® Mac OS® X 10.3.x systems 
  j.. Safari® version 2.0 on Apple® Mac OS® X 10.4.x systems
  FirePass 5.5 supports the Safari® browser for automatically installing the network access client. You must manually install the Macintosh network access client when using other browsers.
  k.. Toshiba® E800, Version 4.20.1081 
  l.. Windows® Mobile"2003, First Edition 
  m.. XDA® II, Windows® Mobile" 2003 First Edition

Here are the installation instructions:


When you use Network Access for the very first time on a remote system using recent versions of Netscape or Mozilla browsers, the automatic plug-in installation mechanism downloads the Network Access client-side components.

There are two components: the plug-in itself, and a standalone application that needs to run with root privileges. Therefore, it must be installed on the remote system as a suid root application.

The plug-in installation process tries to use 'su' or 'sudo' utilities to elevate user privileges to perform the installation. Sometimes, due to policy restrictions, these privileges are unavailable. In this case, you can download the plug-in and other components, and install them manually.


To install the Network Access plug-in manually, download the plugin and the SSLVpn.tgz file from the following locations:

Plugin-- https://vpn.emory.edu/vdesk/vpn/nogzip/downloads.php/linux/np_F5_SSL_VPN.so 

Other components-- https://vpn.emory.edu/vdesk/vpn/nogzip/downloads.php/linux/SSLVpn.tgz 

SSLVpn.tgz contains the full paths to the application files (under /usr/local/lib). Do not attempt to install these in a different directory. For security reasons, it is important to preserve all the directories permissions and ownership of the files included in the package (and, of course, to make sure that the svpn application is suid root). This command:

cd /; tar xpzvf 

should do the job on most systems.

[root at mybox]# cd /; tar xpzvf /downloads/SSLVpn.tgz


You can install the plug-in np_F5_SSL_VPN.so for a particular user (for example, in the directory $HOME/.mozilla/plugins) or system-wide (for example, in /usr/local/lib/mozilla/plugins).

cp np_F5_SSL_VPN.so  /usr/local/firefox/plugins/

Restart your browser.


To uninstall Network Acces client-side components from the system, simply remove (recursively) 

the directory /usr/local/lib/F5Networks/SSLVPN, and 
the plug-in from the installed location. 

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