[strongSwan] Strongswan client config and network interface

Justin Michael Schwartzbeck justinmschw at gmail.com
Mon Sep 29 22:05:53 CEST 2014


I configured strongswan to act as an IKEv2 client as instructed in the


Now I am able to create a client configuration in ipsec.conf named "client"
and successfully establish the client connection using the "ipsec up
client" command. However, I noticed that if I do an ifconfig command there
is no interface for this connection, for example, no 'tun0' interface and
when I check the route info there is nothing there pertaining to my vpn
connection. I can do an "ipsec status client" and ipsec tells me the
connection is up. It seems like ipsec is establishing the connection and
maintaining the connection state, but doesn't bring up an interface in
linux or change any of the routing information. Can someone give me some
insight on how to set up strongswan to act as a vpn client in this way, or
at least show me how to use the client connection after it has been set up?

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