I am trying to configure my client using VPN (strongswan) to access the remote server whose DNS is vpngw.fh-kempten.de

Details of my remote VPN Server are: Authentication Method = Mutual +XAuth PSK =****

Phase 1 Exchange Type = aggressive DH exchange = group2 Cipher Algorithm = 3ds Hash Algorithm = md5 Key life time limit = 28800secs

Phase 2 Tensform Algorithm = esp-3des HMAC Algorithm = md5 PFC exchange = Auto compress Algorithm = disabled Key life time limit = 28800secs


Host Name or IP = vpngw.fh-kempten.de port = 500 Auto configuration = IKE conf. pull MTU = 1400 Adapter mode = use a virtual adapter and assigned address

Client firewall options NAT traversal = enable NAT traversal port = 4500 Keep alive packet rate = 15s IKE fragmentation = enable Maximum packet siye = 540 bytes

This is all info I have related to my VPN Server which is a remote server.

Using the command sudo ipsec up ikev1-psk-xauth, I try to run my client VPN. I get the following error in my raspberry pi

initiating Aggressive Mode IKE_SA ikev1-psk-xauth[1] to
generating AGGRESSIVE request 0 [ SA KE No ID V V V V V ]
sending packet: from[500] to[500] (363 bytes)
received packet: from[500] to[500] (404 bytes)
parsed AGGRESSIVE response 0 [ SA KE No ID HASH V V V NAT-D NAT-D V V ]
received Cisco Unity vendor ID
received XAuth vendor ID
received draft-ietf-ipsec-nat-t-ike-02\n vendor ID
received FRAGMENTATION vendor ID
received unknown vendor ID: 1f:07:f7:0e:aa:65:14:d3:b0:fa:96:54:2a:50:01:00
IDir '' does not match to 'vpngw.fh-kempten.de'
generating INFORMATIONAL_V1 request 304912695 [ N(INVAL_ID) ]
sending packet: from[500] to[500] (56 bytes)
establishing connection 'ikev1-psk-xauth' failed

Following is my ipsec.conf file

config setup
conn ikev1-psk-xauth
ike = 3des-md5-modp1024!
esp = 3des-md5-modp1024!
modeconfig = pull
aggressive = yes
#keyexchange = ikev2
authby = secret
type = transport
leftauth = psk
leftauth2 = xauth
right = vpngw.fh-kempten.de
rightauth = psk
rightauth2 = xauth
auto = add

My motivation is to access the shared drives which are present on the remote VPN server. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!

1 Answer 1


The remote identity the server returns does not match your configuration (the identities default to the IP addresses). Try configuring rightid = vpngw.fh-kempten.de and you might have to configure leftid to the group name (Cisco lingo), which you have to determine somehow.

For your information, using Aggressive Mode with XAauth/PSK is inherently unsafe and the algorithm selection is from a different era (so is the use of L2TP actually), so you might want to complain to the admins of your university for providing such a crappy VPN.

  • After yout possible recommendation. I changed my config file and commenting agressive gives me the following when I run sudo ipsec up ikev1-psk-xauth Mar 8, 2019 at 9:25
  • parsed TRANSACTION request 36532437 [ HASH CPS(X_STATUS) ] no XAuth method found Mar 8, 2019 at 9:28
  • Sounds like the xauth-generic plugin is not loaded. See here.
    – ecdsa
    Mar 8, 2019 at 12:43
  • I have tried to install and use ** xauth-generic ** plugin but when I try to install using this command <!-- sudo apt-get install strongswan strongswan-plugin-xauth-generic--> , it gives me the following lines Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package strongswan-plugin-xauth-generic Mar 13, 2019 at 20:47
  • Individual packages for plugins were only available on older Ubuntu releases. On newer ones the plugin is in the libcharon-standard-plugins package.
    – ecdsa
    Mar 14, 2019 at 7:39

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