Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#346 new Feature Wish

Set tap device link status based on openvpn connection state

Reported by: András Korn Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone:
Component: Generic / unclassified Version: OpenVPN 2.3.2 (Community Ed)
Severity: Not set (select this one, unless your'e a OpenVPN developer) Keywords: linux tap


I would like to bond openvpn tap interfaces together using the Linux bonding driver with miimon style link detection.

This doesn't easily work because tap devices are created being "up", and openvpn doesn't manage their link state.

A possible workaround is to have route-up and up scripts that explicitly set the link state on the tap device (although in one case I had to use a tls-verify script because the route-up script was not called for some reason).

However, it would be cleaner if OpenVPN could (optionally?) set the link state of the tap device as follows:

  • on startup: down
  • when connection fully established (peer authenticated), but before adding routes: up
  • connection failure or peer disconnect: down

(Obviously this is less interesting for server mode but it would help a lot in 1:1 mode.)

Alternatively, script hooks should be provided that can be used to set the tap link state as appropriate, so that I don't have to set the link down from an up script and set it uo from a tls-verify script (yuck :).

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by András Korn

Maybe IFF_DORMANT is even more appropriate than LOWER_DOWN for a tun/tap interface whose corresponding VPN link is not up.

Version 0, edited 6 years ago by András Korn (next)
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