[strongSwan] Help with UNITY_SAVE_PASSWD attribute

Chris Zelenak netshade at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 23:28:26 CET 2011


Awesome!  That sounds like it will work, thanks so much for the great find!!

Chris Zelenak

On Monday, November 28, 2011, Tobias Brunner <tobias at strongswan.org> wrote:
> Hi Chris,
>> With this config, w/ and w/o UNITY_SAVE_PASSWD, I get prompted for XAuth
>> credentials on each VPN connect. The VPN connection is added through a
>> .mobileconfig file, using VPN on demand on the iOS side.
> Ah, I didn't know this feature and I never actually used Apple's
> configuration utility.  My tests were with a configuration created
> directly on the phone (which has no option to configure VPN on demand).
>  Anyway, it seems the client behaves differently if the config is
> created on the phone than if it is created with the configuration
> utility.  I found a (german) tutorial describing how to configure a VPN
> connection using said tool, which also offers a solution to store the
> XAuth password [1].  It roughly translates to this:  "Instead of
> transferring the config with the configuration utility directly to the
> phone, export it as file and import that file via email on the phone.
> (That's probably something you already did as the export results in a
> .mobileconfig file).  Before sending the config to the phone, edit the
> XML file, search for the XAuthName entry and add the following two lines
> after it:
>  <key>XAuthPassword</key>
>  <string>yourpassword</string>
> As opening the patched .mobileconfig file in the configuration utility
> would remove the added lines, the file has to be transferred to the
> phone via email."
> I did not try this, so I'm not sure if it works.  Of course, this also
> doesn't answer the question why UNITY_SAVE_PASSWD does not work, or if
> it is even supported by iOS.
> Regards,
> Tobias
> [1] http://www.apfeltalk.de/forum/tutorial-vpn-demand-t335026.html
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