The specific instructions here are for Ubuntu, although it should be trivial to adapt them for other Debian-based Linux distributions, and fairly straightforward to use them on other Unix-ish operating systems.
In all the following examples, my username is
ats1, and I'll pretend my
The terms of service say that you're not allowed to store the password, so you've got a few options: either edit the configuration files each time (and remove the password again afterwards), write a wrapper script that does that for you, or keep the appropriate file on a password-protected encrypted filesystem.
Ubuntu ships with MPPE support in its kernel (the module's called
ppp_mppe_mppc.ko), but if you need a patch for other 2.6 kernels there's one
You'll need to install the
iproute packages on Ubuntu
apt-get install pptp-linux iproute
For other operating systems, the
pptp program is available from the
pptpclient project on Sourceforge.
Since MPPE operates over IP protocol 47 (rather than something sensible like UDP), you'll need to make sure that you allow that protocol through your firewall. This is easy with iptables, but might be more awkward if you're using a dedicated router appliance.
Using the VPN
pty "pptp venus.kent.ac.uk --nolaunchpppd" name UKC\\ats1 remotename kentvpn lock noauth refuse-eap refuse-chap refuse-mschap nobsdcomp nodeflate require-mppe-128 ipparam kentvpn
UKC\\ats1 kentvpn YourPasswordHere *
/etc/ppp/ip-up.d/kentvpn (which should be mode 755; note that you
won't see the output from this script if it breaks):
#!/bin/sh [ "$PPP_IPPARAM" != "kentvpn" ] && exit defroute="`ip route | grep ^default | sed 's/^default//'`" ip route add 188.8.131.52/24 $defroute ip route add 184.108.40.206/16 via $PPP_REMOTE
You can then either start it in the background with:
or run it in the foreground with:
pppd call kentvpn nodetach