I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 and I use vpnc client to connect to a client's network. However due to this all of my traffic (web browser, streaming, skype, etc) gets routed through the VPN even though I only need to access a particular URL through the VPN.

How can I configure vpnc (or other VPN client) to only use the VPN when accessing a particular URL (say http://example.com:8080)?

I tried to use an SSH tunnel but I couldn't find how to use it with IPSec gateways.

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I found this tutorial which is working for me! Hope this helps.


Quoted relevant text below.

8.1 Step 1

List all the hosts you need to access in the corporate network.
In the following example we will consider:
- mail server, to read messages: pop3.mycom.com;
- smtp server, to send messages out: smtp.mycom.com;
- ldap server, to search mail accounts: ldap.mycom.com;
- internet proxy, to access internal websites: proxy.mycom.com.
Avoid a long list; keep security in mind and just map what you really need.

8.2 Step 2

Resolve IP address of all the names you listed in Step 1, and put them in your
local file /etc/hosts. We suppose all of them are fixed IP.
Sometimes two or more servers are mapped to the same IP. Practically it is the
same server that implements multiple functions. In the example below, we
suppose that pop3 and smtp services are on the same server.
Example of /etc/hosts:
    ______________________________________________________________________   localhost.localdomain localhost
    ::1     localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6  pop3.mycom.com smtp.mycom.com   ldap.mycom.com    proxy.mycom.com

8.3 Step 3

Create a copy of your working vpnc config file:
#> cp /etc/vpnc/corp.conf /etc/vpnc/split.conf

8.4 Step 4

Edit the new file "split.conf" and add the following line:
    Script /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script-corp-split
It will force this new configuration to use a special script file.

8.5 Step 5

Create the file /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script-corp-split with following content

    # Add one IP to the list of split tunnel
    add_ip ()
            export CISCO_SPLIT_INC=$(($CISCO_SPLIT_INC + 1))

    # Initialize empty split tunnel list
    export CISCO_SPLIT_INC=0

    # Delete DNS info provided by VPN server to use internet DNS
    # Comment following line to use DNS beyond VPN tunnel
    unset INTERNAL_IP4_DNS

    # List of IPs beyond VPN tunnel
    add_ip   # pop3.mycom.com and smtp
    add_ip    # ldap.mycom.com
    add_ip     # proxy.mycom.com

    # Execute default script
    . /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script

    # End of script

Parameter passed to "add_ip" is used, in /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script, to set routing
table by running either "ip" or "route" command, depending on system
While "route" accepts both host names and IP in the command line, "ip"
strictly requires numeric IP.
This is quite annoying, since would be easier using only host names in the
script abobe, keeping numeric IP relations in /etc/hosts only.
Eventually, could be possible improving the script above by resolving names
before running /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script.
The command "gethostip" could be used for name resolution. Does anybody knows
if the command "gethostip" is present in every Linux distro?

8.6 Step 6

At last, provide the proper execution permission:
#> chmod 755 /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script-corp-split

That's all, folks!
You can now run:
#> vpnc split.conf

Reading routing table, you can verify the split is active.
#> route
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
proxy.mycom.com *      UH    0      0        0 tun0
ldap.mycom.com  *      UH    0      0        0 tun0
pop3.mycom.com  *      UH    0      0        0 tun0
vpn.mycom.com UGH   0      0        0 eth0     *        U     0      0        0 eth0        *        U     0      0        0 tun0     *          U     0      0        0 eth0
default         UG    0      0        0 eth0
  • I would recommend including the actual step-by-step process included in the document you linked in your actual post for two reasons: 1) So future readers can access/read it easier and know which information to focus on. 2) Links can potentially become dead and therefore the information that you link to will be lost, so having the steps in your post can help.
    – TheOdd
    Oct 25, 2016 at 17:26

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