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Is there a Linux client for Checkpoint VPN? Preferably for Ubuntu?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

I've heard good things about Shrew, but I've only ever seen it used on Windows.

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I'm using SNX (by checkpoint) and it works perfect. It can be downloaded from here.

I used this guide in order to install snx on my client, check it out and see if you got all the required packages installed.

In addition, you can create a .snxrc file in your /home/user/ directory and include there the server's IP and username like so:

username        itaig

Then just run snx, you'll be asked to input your password and that's it.

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I just get "SNX: Authentication failed" after I supply the certificate's password. Do I have to authenticate with the Windows client once before it will work, or something? – Robin Green Aug 11 '14 at 17:58
@RobinGreen, I've updated my answer, check it out. – Itai Ganot Aug 11 '14 at 18:06

The existing client is ancient, and as for now AFAIK, there are no plans to write a newer one. There are Linux native VPN clients that should work with checkpoint - check out vpnc and raccoon especially.

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I'm assuming your looking for an IPSEC client, but if you are looking for SSL VPN, I have had good luck with the Checkpoint SNX client in Ubuntu.

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Unfortunately this now redirects to their mobile blade site. – frankster Nov 14 '12 at 16:19

I have successfully connected to Checkpoint (NGX R75) using Shrew Soft, more info here:

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I also was looking for it AND I've found a checkpoint client VPN on the Checkpoint Users Forums, I'll link it to you tomorrow.

OK Here is the link to the Documentation under RedHat:

BUT, the Linux client VPN seems to be deprecated and no longer supported, as my own experience, it should be better to use the OpenSwan VPN to connect throught an Checkpoint VPN gateway under linux.

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