27 August 2013

VPN L2TP without IPsec: how to share the love beyond the OS limits

Well.. I know that this will be possible using OpenVPN but... I need to deal with users, and you know how limited users are.. Also, PPTP is compromised since some time ago, and the options are turning dark.
But I needed a VPN solution, and fast. At least temporary so I can think about in something else later. So I choose L2TP since is easily to configure in windows and.. you know how "clever" windows users use to be.. :D

Well. after the configuration in my work's pfsense and testing in my windows vm, I need to test on a Mac OS X cause some people in my work have Macbooks.. so I discovered that MacOS (ATM) only accepts out-of-the-box Cisco IPsec, PPTP and L2TP+IPSEC. Apple please...

Well, nothing is lost, just open Terminal.app and do this:

echo "plugin L2TP.ppp" > options
echo "l2tpnoipsec" >> options
sudo mv options /etc/ppp

And voilá, now your mac can connect to a goddamit L2TP without IPsec.

Obs: I don't know how much I can trust in L2TP but...

Source: Pandapow

21 August 2013

WCH341 USB Serial Converter for OSX

WCH341 is a quite nice (and cheap) USB adapter (I got one by almost 3USD). Works perfect in Windows and Linux, but for mac it's another story…..

After lots of searches and drivers, I found this guy .

Note: Isn't a driver, it's a software that can connect using your cable, but don't worry, the software is very nice and works perfect.

Also, the developer is a nice guy and answer my mail quite fast when I had a problem with the last version. Thanks Aaron.