[strongSwan] Single physical interface "roadwarrior" responder using DHCP/FARP

Noel Kuntze noel.kuntze+strongswan-users-ml at thermi.consulting
Wed Apr 11 19:44:51 CEST 2018

"problematic"? By dropping those ICMP messages, you effectively cripple the connectivity of those clients if problems occur.

On 11.04.2018 19:35, Thor Simon wrote:
> An alternative approach, which will also help if you have clients whose TCP connections are dropped when they have transient connectivity failures, is to use the packet filter to drop most (but not quite all) ICMP.  In a similar configuration to yours, we've ended up passing echo/echorep and needs-frag; which means we drop redirects, ttl exceeded, and most unreachables, all of which, in practice, with our large population of mobile clients, ended up being problematic.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Users [mailto:users-bounces at lists.strongswan.org] On Behalf Of Noel Kuntze
> Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:23 PM
> To: Michael .. <mikey at usa.com>; users at lists.strongswan.org
> Subject: Re: [strongSwan] Single physical interface "roadwarrior" responder using DHCP/FARP
> Hello Michael,
> Disable sending of redirects for traffic on that interface.
> The key is "net.ipv4.conf.INTERFACE.send_redirects".
> Kind regards
> Noel
> On 11.04.2018 18:56, Michael .. wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm trying to configure a responder for use in a "roadwarrior" scenario, albeit unsuccessfully.
>> Topology/Config:
>> -ip route
>> default via dev eth0 src metric 202
>> dev eth0 proto kernel scope link src metric 202
>> Default gateway @ provides internet access and also inbound NAT forwarding of ports 500/4500 from an internet IP.
>> -ipsec.conf:
>> conn %default
>>     ikelifetime=60m
>>     keylife=20m
>>     rekeymargin=3m
>>     keyingtries=1
>>     keyexchange=ikev1
>> conn rw
>>     left=
>>     leftsubnet=
>>     leftauth=psk
>>     right=%any
>>     rightauth=psk
>>     rightauth2=xauth
>>     auto=add
>>     rightsourceip=%dhcp
>> -ip route show table 220
>> via dev eth0 proto static
>> Symptoms:
>> I am able to establish a VPN connection from the internet to the responder and the client is assigned an IP from the DHCP pool.
>> The responder can ping the client's IP address assigned from DHCP - therefore 2-way communication over the tunnel.  The remote internet client can also send packets over the tunnel to the rest of the subnet which reach their destination (e.g. to  The responder then correctly replies to ARP on behalf of the clients address (e.g. and the return packet arrives to the responders interface.  However, the responder is replying with ICMP redirect to to the sender and therefore the return packet does not reach the client.
>> Any ideas?
>> Cheers,
>> Michael.

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