Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 60798
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:40:45 EDT
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Description of problem:
Using PPTP for VPN networking to access corporate intranets seems
to be becoming popular. I got this working here but it's rather
intrusive as it requires modifications to both the kernel (new mppe
module and modified ppp_generic module) and the pppd package.
Yes, I know PPTP sucks by design but it turned into a must-have for
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.(Having to fill the reproduce field for a feature request is silly)
It seems that most if not all pptp clients use non-gpl compatible code in the
kernel bits ;(
*** Bug 68853 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
The comments in the MPPE kernel patches available at
to indicate that the sha1 and arcfour code they have is public domain.
According to http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/license-list.html public domain
licensing is compatible with the GPL.
May I "reactivate" this request for the current severn beta? pptp is widely
used, despite its deficiencies, the GPL issue seems to be solved, and the
current RH9 version on pptpclient.sourceforge.net is solid and well done.
In a further step redhat-configuration/control-network should include
adtivation/deactivation of pptp (just as cipe)
If the license issues are resolved, the pptp folks need to get their
stuff pushed upstream.
If its not good enough for upstream, it's not good enough for FC / RHEL.
Aparently, there have been requests for them to do this in the past,
which have fallen on deaf ears.