[strongSwan] Dead Peer Detection - Strongswan Android Clients

Hay, Ben (TS Consulting) ben.hay at hp.com
Fri Jul 4 12:05:14 CEST 2014


I currently have a Strongswan server implementation with Android clients. I can connect fine with no issues, however after a period of time the connection is no longer valid and cant access network resources behind the VPN server. This is not shown on the client side - which shows the connection as up with the key symbol in the android taskbar and the connected sign in the app itself.

After a period of time the server loses connection with the Android device. The server shows that the device is no longer connected however the client continues to show a good connection (but obviously no access to any resources  behind the VPN.)

I have been told this could be due to either rekeying parameters or the inclusion of dead peer detection. I would like to be reconnect in the background without any  user interference needed. Can anyone describe the config to allow this to happen. Below is my current config:

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Thanks in advance, any help would be much appreciated.


Ben Hay
Technology Consultant

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