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I have subscribed to a VPN service, but it seems that it does not work whenever my firewall is active.

I have up until now used Firestarter to configure my firewall, but it has no options for allowing a VPN connection. Nor does gufw.

What do I do to keep my firewall active, and still be able to connect to my VPN?

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Please check this link; http://www.howtoadvice.com/FirestarterVPN Hope it helps

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Thank you for this suggestion. It does look promising, but the instructions in that link are very heavily tied to using VPNC, which I am not using. A more general solution would be good. –  Dave M G Oct 9 '12 at 4:31
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Found a solution that works with Firestarter.

I use OpenVPN, so I opened /etc/firestarter/user-pre and added the following lines:

# Allow traffic on the OpenVPN inteface
$IPT -A INPUT -i tun+ -j ACCEPT
$IPT -A OUTPUT -o tun+ -j ACCEPT

Then I restarted the firewall. Stopping it and starting it within the Firestarter interface seemed to suffice.

The solution was here.

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