OpenVPN offers extra protection for its TLS control channel in the form of HMAC keys. These keys are exactly the same as the static "secret" keys used in Chapter 1, Point-to-Point Networks, for point-to-point style networks. For multi-client style networks, this extra protection can be enabled using the
tls-auth directive. If there is a mismatch between the client and the server related to this
tls-auth key, then the VPN connection will fail to get initialized.
Set up the client and server certificates using the first recipe from Chapter 2, Client-server IP-only Networks. For this recipe, the server computer was running CentOS 6 Linux and OpenVPN 2.3.11. The client was running Fedora 22 Linux and OpenVPN 2.3.11. Keep ...