[vpn-help] How can I save password for Shrew Soft VPN Access Manager?

Kevin VPN kvpn at live.com
Sun Mar 24 21:16:22 CDT 2013

On 03/21/2013 02:42 AM, Martin Hess wrote:
> Hi Kevin
> The Point of using XAuth-PWD's could be that with XAuth a FW Admin
> can selectively disable users. So Xauth is not an added security
> layer but more an management layer. And in that way it would be nice
> to save these passwords.
> martin
> 2013/3/21 Kevin VPN <kvpn at live.com>
>> On 02/18/2013 12:25 AM, Steve Yakovenko wrote:
>>> subj
>> Hi Steve, this has been asked before on the list.  You cannot save
>> the password in the Access Manager.  Think about it.  If you're
>> just going save the password so that anyone who uses the machine
>> can just connect to the VPN, what's the point of the password
>> then?
>> However, if you have a need, as some users have, to automate
>> connecting the VPN, there is a command line program you can use to
>> connect.  If you're comfortable with embedding the password in a
>> script file, you could do that.  See this post:
>> https://lists.shrew.net/**pipermail/vpn-help/2010-**August/002920.html

Hi Martin,

I hadn't thought of it that way, but that's a valid way to use XAuth.
Thanks for pointing it out.

On the other hand, I suspect that >90% of users would choose to save 
their passwords if given the option, defeating the purpose for the 
standard use case of security/authentication.

If save passwords were enabled in Shrew, I think it would ideally be a 
hidden/protected setting that could be set in the VPN configuration file 
(only) by an administrator.  In other words, the end user could only 
save if the VPN administrator permitted it by providing a config file 
with that setting enabled.

Yes, I'm aware that the Internet would allow a user to quickly find out 
what that setting is and manipulate their configuration file to enable 
the setting, but it would still be a deterrent.  It would also work in 
policy compliance/forensics settings - if the configuration file was 
provided to the user with the save password option disabled, but the 
user enabled it, then responsibility for the policy violation and/or 
resulting security breach rests with the user.

I still think I would come down on the side of not allowing to save 
passwords though.

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