[Request] Libreswan plugin for Network Manager

Bug #1692066 reported by elegos
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
libreswan (Ubuntu)
network-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


I have the need to use Libreswan instead of strongswan to connect to an IPSec IKEv1 XAuth VPN in main mode without a group. Thing is strongswan doesn't support this configuration, so I explicitally need it. Nonetheless, libreswan is as developed as strongswan and it's widely used.

using config files in /etc (ipsec.conf and .secrets) it's possible to correctly configure ipsec/libreswan, but needlessly to say, having the possibility to manage it via a GUI is 100 times better (and easier for "normal" users).

In the current repositories (Zesty) I only found the libreswan's ipsec binaries (package libreswan), but not the network manager plugin (sources are available on github).

I've tried to compile them, but I'm afraid they use a different path pattern than Ubuntu, so without making changes it's not possible to succesfully install it from sources.


LibreSwan NetworkManager plugin sources: https://github.com/NetworkManager/network-manager-libreswan

elegos (elegos)
tags: added: feature-request
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elegos (elegos)
description: updated
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Gustavo Silva (gsilvapt) wrote :

As suggested by user.

According to bug report, this bug's importance should be "wishlist" as this is about a feature request.

@elegos, could you specify the Ubuntu version you are using and which package version you are trying to install?

affects: ubuntu → libreswan (Ubuntu)
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elegos (elegos) wrote :

Hi Gustavo,

as I previously specified, I'm on Zesty (17.04) and actually there is no network manager plugin for libreswan (only for strongswan).

I know the libreswan's Network Manager plugin has already been made, as it's there in the Fedora distro.

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Douglas Kosovic (dkosovic) wrote :

I suggest you file a Debian Request for Package (RFP) for network-manager-libreswan :

Once the package is in Debian Sid, it will automatically make its way to Ubuntu.

Or if you are able to provide a package, an Intent to Package (ITP) :

libreswan was added to Debian Sid earlier in the year and it made its way to Ubuntu 17.04.

Upstream in the GNOME Projects network-manager-libreswan GIT repository in the NEWS file, you'll notice network-manager-libreswan was renamed from network-manager-openswan at version 1.2

Debian/Ubuntu used to include network-manager-openswan, so that package might be a good starting point for updating to network-manager-libreswan.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in libreswan (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in network-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Sagiben (sagiben) wrote :

I've created the package if someone would like to review it.

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