Bug 740603 - It is unduly difficult to setup OpenVPN connections on Fedora
Summary: It is unduly difficult to setup OpenVPN connections on Fedora
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager-openvpn
Version: 16
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Dan Williams
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2011-09-22 16:10 UTC by Oded Arbel
Modified: 2013-02-13 13:46 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2013-02-13 13:46:17 UTC

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Description Oded Arbel 2011-09-22 16:10:11 UTC
Description of problem:
When setting up a new OpenVPN client connection from a Fedora desktop using NetworkManager, the user is required to invoke some non-obvious manual steps that would probably be considered hard to do by untrained users, which are also not documented anywhere.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use NetworkManager to setup a new OpenVPN connection - using either GNOME or KDE - by naively loading certificate files from just anywhere in the user's home directory.
2. Find out that its not working and there is no indication of why in the UI
3. Search in /var/log/messages and find its a SELinux permissions issue
4. Search all over the web on how to work around the problem. Find little help and either turn off SELinux in frustration, or:
5. Manually create a directory ~/.pki and move the certificates to that.
6. Run restorecon on the new directory
7. Setup your VPN again
Actual results:
VPN is working either by disabling SELinux (bad) or after a lot of frustration, searching a non-obvious places (i.e. not Fedora or NetworkManager official documentation) and manual commands being invoked from the console.

Expected results:
The NetworkManager should allow the user to set up a working OpenVPN connection just from the UI (as it purports to) even with SELinux enabled (which it is by default in Fedora).

Additional info:
See also bugs #639473 and #708628 for the current process a user goes through when setting up OpenVPN on Fedora. It seems to be a recurring theme.

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