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    Question vpnc or cisco vpn?

    I need a cisco vpn client installed to connect to a lot of different vpns. My question is which one should I choose? A lot of the vpns I connect to will do a check to see what version of the vpn client you have and only allow access to certain versions of the client. Also I heard for some reason cisco vpn client requiers patches or a certain version of the kernel?

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    Default Re: vpnc or cisco vpn?

    On Tue, 2008-07-22 at 13:16 +0000, jaybott wrote:
    > I need a cisco vpn client installed to connect to a lot of different
    > vpns. My question is which one should I choose? A lot of the vpns I
    > connect to will do a check to see what version of the vpn client you
    > have and only allow access to certain versions of the client. Also I
    > heard for some reason cisco vpn client requiers patches or a certain
    > version of the kernel?
    >
    >


    There a plethora of things that can FORCE you to have to use
    the Cisco client. The bad part is that Cisco, REALLY could care
    less if their client functions or not... it's a secret kernel
    module... it's not stable... it will lock up your machine over
    time.... it MAY not work as you upgrade your kernel (may not
    even compile). To be specific... you HAVE to compile the
    Cisco module which contains open source and proprietary
    (secret) pieces. It's a **** shoot whether it will work
    with any given kernel. What's worse, is that you CAN hack
    the open source parts of what they deliver to circumvent
    the "security" that you supposedly get out of their client.

    vpnc, on the other hand works well in CERTAIN situations. It
    is pretty rock solid stable... so if you CAN use it, use it!

    There are limitations with vpnc though... and so you'll just
    have to see if it works with your VPN or not.




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    Default Re: vpnc or cisco vpn?

    Guess Ill try vpnc then.

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    Default Re: vpnc or cisco vpn?

    As my university uses hybrid-auth mode with the cisco vpn I had to compile vpnc from source with ssl support enabled. There's an rpm for openSUSE 10.3 but not for 11.0

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