[strongSwan] NixOS test

Bas van Dijk v.dijk.bas at gmail.com
Thu Aug 31 11:04:55 CEST 2017

Ok after studying this part of the log a bit further:


I see that the following is going on:

1. moon has started charon-systemd but hasn't loaded the connection yet
2. carol sends a IKE_SA_INIT request to moon
3. since moon hasn't loaded the connection yet it can't find an IKE
config for and sends a NO_PROP response back
to carol
4. moon loads the connection
5. carol warns about the "received NO_PROPOSAL_CHOSEN notify error"
6. pings from carol to alice fail continuously because the VPN is not

Is there a way for carol to keep trying to establish a connection
until it succeeds?


On 31 August 2017 at 09:14, Bas van Dijk <v.dijk.bas at gmail.com> wrote:
> I also included the log of a successful test run:
> https://gist.github.com/basvandijk/a2de93d8c93ce925838c1dbf2ee1d925#file-strongswan-swanctl-test-success-log
> On 31 August 2017 at 09:09, Bas van Dijk <v.dijk.bas at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I noticed that my test succeeds most of the time but I just observed a
>> test run where carol keeps trying to ping alice but fails each time.
>> The following line from the test log[1] seems suspect:
>> carol# [ 4.538963] charon-systemd[716]: received NO_PROPOSAL_CHOSEN notify error
>> I haven't looked into this error yet but I suspect it's a concurrency
>> issue. Note that all machines start up at the same time[2]. I think if
>> I first start moon, wait for the strongswan-swanctl.service to start
>> and then start carol it always succeeds. But I rather not introduce
>> that sequentialism and I suspect that strongSwan should be able to
>> handle not fully booted gateways and that I just forgot to configure
>> some option somewhere.
>> Any ideas why the test sometimes fails?
>> [1] https://gist.github.com/basvandijk/a2de93d8c93ce925838c1dbf2ee1d925
>> [2] https://github.com/LumiGuide/nixpkgs/blob/b1bab8cff348ac743ecc6734f1852a16db41a9a2/nixos/tests/strongswan-swanctl.nix#L151
>> On 30 August 2017 at 11:52, Bas van Dijk <v.dijk.bas at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The test now succeeds[1].
>>> Thanks for your help.
>>> Bas
>>> [1] https://groups.google.com/d/msg/nix-devel/X-0T97MLR7I/cGUCWjXQAAAJ
>>> On 30 August 2017 at 02:57, Bas van Dijk <v.dijk.bas at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On 30 August 2017 at 02:29, Noel Kuntze
>>>> <noel.kuntze+strongswan-users-ml at thermi.consulting> wrote:
>>>>> Two things:
>>>>> - Please don't pipe stuff from the web into bash, it just asks for trouble and especially don't advertise or advise people to do it.
>>>> Hi Noel, good point. This should probably be removed from nixos.org/nix.
>>>>> - Try enforcing UDP encapsulation. If the FW rules actually change something, then currently only IKE is allowed, but there's no NAT, so ESP is used as transport protocol.
>>>> Something similar was suggested[1] on the nix-devel mailinglist. I
>>>> will see how to get that to work.
>>>> Bas
>>>> [1] https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/nix-devel/X-0T97MLR7I/jbPQucPOAAAJ
>>>>> Kind regards
>>>>> Noel
>>>>> On 30.08.2017 02:18, Bas van Dijk wrote:
>>>>>> I've created a PR for the NixOS Linux distribution that adds a module
>>>>>> for strongswan-swanctl:
>>>>>>   https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/pull/27958
>>>>>> Although the new module works on our company VPN I would also like to
>>>>>> add a NixOS test to ensure it keeps working. I've mimicked one of the
>>>>>> swanctl tests from the strongswan project:
>>>>>>   https://github.com/LumiGuide/nixpkgs/blob/strongswan-swanctl-test/nixos/tests/strongswan-swanctl.nix
>>>>>> Although SAs get established successfully between gateway moon and
>>>>>> roadwarrior carol I can't seem to ping alice from carol. Since I'm no
>>>>>> networking expert I'm probably missing something obvious. It would be
>>>>>> great if somebody could give me a tip or point me in the right
>>>>>> direction.
>>>>>> To run the test for yourself you don't need to install NixOS, you only
>>>>>> need the Nix package manager (which is easy to uninstall later on;
>>>>>> just rm -r /nix):
>>>>>>   $ curl https://nixos.org/nix/install | sh
>>>>>> Then clone my nixpkgs fork and checkout the right branch:
>>>>>>   $ git clone https://github.com/LumiGuide/nixpkgs.git
>>>>>>   $ cd nixpkgs
>>>>>>   $ git checkout strongswan-swanctl-test
>>>>>> Look in nixos/tests/strongswan-swanctl.nix to see how to run the test
>>>>>> but the following should get you started:
>>>>>>   $ nix-build nixos/tests/strongswan-swanctl.nix
>>>>>> Note that I also asked this question on the nix-devel mailinglist:
>>>>>>   https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/nix-devel/X-0T97MLR7I
>>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>>> Bas

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