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My setup is as follows:

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet
          inet addr:XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet
          inet addr:
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
tun0      inet addr:

I would like to set my webmail to be accessible only when connecting via VPN. Currently, the VirtualHost directive is *:443. I assume I want to replace the * with the eth1 address.

But do I also have to set an iptables route? If so, what/how?

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On the OpenVPN server, add a below line:

push "route web.mail.ip.address"

In virtual host section, you can restrict access based on IP address, something like this:

<Directory "/your/virtual/host/directory">
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from vpn.server.ip.address
    ErrorDocument 403
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I added : push "route web.mail.ip.address" with web.mail.ip.address as the external IP address of the server. For the "vpn.server.ip.address", I have tried, the external address, and the VPN subnet, but I always get sent to the ErrorDocument. What should I be using for this value? –  John Sep 19 '11 at 4:35
Looking at the logs, it says: "[client X.X.X.X] client denied by server configuration:" where the IP address there is the public IP address of my laptop's connection. Even though I am VPN'd in ( shows an IP of the server, and I am connected to the VPN server). –  John Sep 19 '11 at 4:48
Check your routing table route -n. Make sure that you have a static route to web mail via tun0 interface. –  quanta Sep 19 '11 at 4:56
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface UH 0 0 0 tun0 –  John Sep 19 '11 at 13:18
So there seems to be something wrong with the way I created the route. –  John Sep 19 '11 at 13:19
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface UH    0      0        0 tun0   UG    0      0        0 tun0   U     0      0        0 eth1

The webmail's IP address is the same as my server, let's say X.X.X.X.

The VPN server is on the same machine, and has a config file that has:


When I added: push "route X.X.X.X"

I couldn't get to the webmail address.

The weird thing is that even when I was connected to the VPN, and my IP address from showed my server's IP address, the webmail logs showed that I was trying to connect from my ISP's IP address.

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