Has anyone heard of 'Open VPN'?

  Graphicool1 15:57 17 Jun 2014

On my PC I run a programme called 'Secunia PSI'. It runs in the background and lets me know when programmes need updating. Recently it told me that Open VPN needed a manual update. I didn't know what it was, but have since found out that it is apparently a system programme. So I downloaded the update, although that's as far as I have taken it. Due to the many dodgy things that have been happening on the internet of late!. So I thought before I took the plunge, I'd run it by you guys. I opened the read me file that came with it and it says as follows...


OpenVPN Windows installer went through major changes in 2.3-alpha2. To avoid any unexpected behavior, it is strongly suggested to upgrade as follows.

First backup configuration files and certificates from your current nstallation; by default they're in...

C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config (32-bit Windows)

C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\config (64-bit Windows)

After this, stop the openvpn-gui or the openvpn service wrapper, if either of them is running and uninstall OpenVPN.

Finally, remove the OpenVPN install directory entirely (e.g. using Windows Explorer as administrator).

Finally, install the new version of OpenVPN and copy over your configuration files and certificates, which now go to...

C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config

provided you did not install the 32-bit version on 64-bit Windows.


Note that on Windows Vista, you will need to run the OpenVPN GUI with administrator privileges, so that it can add routes to the routing table that are pulled from the OpenVPN server.

You can do this by right-clicking on the OpenVPN GUI desktop icon, and selecting "Run as administrator".


The OpenVPN Client requires a configuration file and key/certificate files. You should obtain these and save them to OpenVPN's configuration directory, usually C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config.

You can run OpenVPN as a Windows system service or by using the client GUI. To use the OpenVPN GUI, double click on the desktop icon or start menu icon. The OpenVPN GUI is a system-tray applet, so an icon for the GUI will appear in the lower-right corner of the screen. Right click on the system tray icon, and a menu should appear showing the names of your OpenVPN configuration files, and giving you the option to connect.


Official OpenVPN Windows releases are cross-compiled on Linux using the openvpn-build buildsystem:

[click here][1] wiki/BuildingUsingGenericBuildsystem

First setup the build environment as shown in the above article. Then fetch the openvpn-build repository:

git clone [click here][2] the build configuration:



Build (unsigned):

cd openvpn-build/windows-nsis./build-complete

Build (signed):

cd openvpn-build/windows-nsis./build-complete --sign --sign-pkcs12=\--sign-pkcs12-pass= \--sign-timestamp=""

What I want to know is...

(1) - Have you seen this?

(2) - Is this legitimate?

(3) - Finally, what would you do?

I hope it prints out ok.


  Graphicool1 18:31 17 Jun 2014

Thanks for that, I think I will remove it because blatantly I'm not using it. Therefore what they are saying about it having protected me from the 'Heartbleed virus' is bull. I have other things doing that. Cheers

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