Ubuntu – OpenVPN: The VPN connection to … because of invalid VPN secrets


I am 3 days into using Linux. I set up an OpenVPN connection following the instructions set out by: https://www.goldenfrog.com/support/vyprvpn/vpn-setup/linux/openvpn

OpenVPN installation went smoothly. The problem arose when I tried to connect. After setting up the connection:

  1. I went to the connections are and selected my VPN.
  2. The error message I get is
    The VPN connection to "My VPN" because of invalid VPN secrets.

  3. There are no additional prompt or areas to input commands. The dialog box disappears after sometime.

Now my computer is ancient (the reason I installed ubuntu at first) so I don't have a wireless adapter. I'm connecting via an ethernet cable but I notice that the VPN connection when it is attempting a connection looks like its attempting to connect to the VPN over Wi-Fi. The connected symbol changes from 2 arrows in opposite directions to the Wi-Fi symbol.

Other than that I'm not quite sure what else could be causing it. I've read that the problem lies with keyring issues but I don't get any prompts to access my keyring so it looks like the solution has to be in the initial set up.

How can I solve the VPN secrets error on 14.04 when connecting to the internet via an ethernet cable?

Best Answer

I'm not really that this is a bug really. Considering that it works for a majority of users Using openVPN and network manager.

Do you have the proper permissions of the key and certificate file? What happens if you run

openvpn --config nameofyourconfigfile.conf 

as root from the terminal? please paste the output here if it does not work. It should provide more debug information.

If it does work like that. Then you have permission problems on your key and or certificate file.