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Old 01-23-2014, 09:10 PM   #1
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Juniper VPN client on pure 64-bit Slackware?


I run pure 64-bit Slackware (as intended by PV). Now I have to connect to a Juniper VPN and after googling all solutions I found use a 32-bit library...

Does anyone know of a solution that does not require the 32-bit compat libraries?

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Old 01-24-2014, 02:01 AM   #2
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I also use Juniper but like you found there is only a 32-bit binary. Nonetheless it works nicely in multilib. Probably be quicker and easier for you to surrender to multilib.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 02:23 PM   #3
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Thanks @ruario, I appreciate your answer.

Re: Juniper, it does look bad. I think you are right, it would be easier to surrender... but I won't.
A sysadmin here suggested using ssh tunnelling which I will try out (he runs FreeBSD and there is no Juniper client for that either).

I can't believe that in 2014 we are still having to use 32-bit code. I've been using 64-bit desktop hardware since 1996!
 
Old 01-24-2014, 06:29 PM   #4
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Well, what I and some co-workers used to do was:
  1. Use the official VPN tool to get access to our work desktop.
  2. ssh from our work desktop back to our home computers, setting up the ssh tunnel along the way.
  3. disconnect the official VPN tool.

Step #1 might mean booting a VM that was running Windows, a VM running a 32 bit Linux, or just running some client that screwed with your routing tables.

Step #2 meant that you had to open a port to allow incoming ssh traffic, which could make one nervous. It should, but there are ample instructions out on the net that tell you how to do that in a way that is as safe as possible.
 
Old 01-25-2014, 01:27 AM   #5
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To be clear Richard, I assume when you ssh from work to home you set up a reverse tunnel at the same time (i.e. "-R [bind_address:]port:host:hostport")? Presumabley you could skip the whole VPN part if you did this before you left the office. Whilst I could certainly see that this could work I get the feeling that many sysadmin would be upset if they knew you did this.
 
Old 01-25-2014, 08:15 AM   #6
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  1. The answer to your first question is "yes"
  2. What they didn't know wouldn't hurt me.
 
  


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