Installation and configuration of OpenVPN
Our assessment team may utilise OpenVPN to provide access to your machines and we have developed the process below for the installation of the required software.
Download and Install OpenVPN
Open a terminal window on your Linux Distro
For ease, elevate your session to SUDO with the sudo -i command or prefix all other commands shown here with sudo
Either enter your password (if you are a member of the SUDO group) or use the su command to access an elevated terminal session with another SUDO user
You should then see your access change, for example, here, we can see we are now a root user
As always, we recommend ensuring your system is up-to-date before installing any software applications, so consider running a check before you start with the relevant update commands for your distro, for example apt-get update && apt-get install -y
apt-get update && apt-get install -y
You now need to install the OpenVPN software using the process specific for your Linux Distro, for example apt-get install openvpn
apt-get install openvpn
Select "Y" to confirm the installation which will then complete
You will then need to download the configuration file from the Assessment Platform Website using a browser, you can log in here
NOTE: LOGIN NAME/PASSWORD is case sensative
Once you have logged in, you need to download the Yourself (autologin profile) file
The file will be saved to your Downloads folder
From a non SUDO terminal, access the Downloads folder - note capital "D"
(If you are in SUDO session, you will not see your own users Downloads folder)
Check you are in the correct directory with the pwd command
And list the files in the directory to ensure the client.ovpn file is there with the ls command
Then copy the client.ovpn file into the /etc/openvpn folder but renaming it to cts.conf
sudo cp client.ovpn /etc/openvpn/cts.conf
Check the file has copied correctly into the /etc/openvpn folder with the ls command
We then need to edit the openvpn configuration file /etc/default/openvpn
sudo nano /etc/default/openvpn
Locate #AUTOSTART="all" and remove the #
When you have finished editing, press CTRL + X, confirm "Y" to save the file and press "ENTER" when asked about the filename.
From the non-sudo command prompt you need to move into the /etc/openvpn folder
Confirm you are in the correct location with the pwd command
You can now test the VPN connection by executing OpenVPN with the cts.conf file as the parameter
sudo openvpn cts.conf
OpenVPN will then execute and will consume the terminal (not providing a prompt return and staying resident)
You can press CTRL + C to terminate the OpenVPN connection
You can then set the OpenVPN connection to start automatically (saving a manual start) by additing this as a service.
First add openvpn with the cts.conf as a service
sudo systemctl enable email@example.com
Then reload the daemon
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
Then start the OpenVPN service
sudo service openvpn@cts start
You are now connected to our assessment platform, please reach out to one of our assessors who will be able to confirm that you have a live connection.