VPN access on Linux

VPN settings for Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04 and Debian 12

These are settings for vpn4.physics.ox.ac.uk

  • Install fortissl with sudo apt install network-manager-fortisslvpn-gnome
  • Go to Settings > Network > VPN > + > Fortinet SSLVPN
  • Set up the VPN
    • Name: Physics VPN
    • Gateway: vpn4.physics.ox.ac.uk:443
    • User name: your Physics username
    • Password: your Physics password
    • Advanced > Trusted certificate: ffa95f8adb8780bc009915bfabd3c528af3b8e03f81cb2bedf09c3145339cd83

You can check the current trusted certificate by going in Firefox to https://vpn4.physics.ox.ac.uk:443/ > click the lock icon next to the URL bar > Connection Secure > More Information > View Certificate > Fingerprints > SHA-256 > double click on the hash. It will show e.g. FF:A9:5F:8A:DB:87:80:BC:00:99:15:BF:AB:D3:C5:28:AF:3B:8E:03:F8:1C:B2:BE:DF:09:C3:14:53:39:CD:83 which should match that above. If not, let us know. In the meantime, you can convert it to the right format by running (in a terminal) python3 -c 'print(input().replace(":", "").lower())' pasting the fingerprint into the terminal, hitting enter, then copying the reformatted version over to the VPN settings.

All devices connecting to the Physics network this way MUST be running a supported OS and have all application and operating system updates applied, running a Firewall, running Antivirus Software - with up-to-date virus definitions and running Spyware detection.
The terms and conditions specified in the Department of Physics Rules for Computer Use apply.

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