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andrewlkho / debian-strongswan.md
Last active Nov 29, 2021
Setting up a secure VPN with strongSwan on debian
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With heightening concern regarding the state of internet privacy (fuelled in part by the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act in the UK), I have set up a VPN server on the virtual server I have hosted with Mythic Beasts. This uses strongSwan and certificate-based IKEv2 authentication.

Assumptions:

  • Debian Jessie server already set up and accessible via debian.example.com, a public IPv4 of 203.0.113.1 and a public IPv6 of 2001:db8::1
  • Client username of me
  • Clients are running the latest versions of macOS and iOS (Sierra and 10 respectively at the time of writing)
  • No need to support any other operating systems (although the setup is easily translated)

For automated deployment of a similar setup, albeit Ubuntu-based and using ansible for deployment, I recommend you take a look at Algo VPN. I used that project as a basis for my configuration.

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saetia / gist:1623487
Last active Nov 18, 2021
Clean Install – OS X 10.11 El Capitan
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OS X Preferences


most of these require logout/restart to take effect

# Enable character repeat on keydown
defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

# Set a shorter Delay until key repeat