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 From:  Rick Preston <rickjpreston at gmail dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: mpd terminating randomly
 Date:  Thu, 10 Mar 2005 11:49:02 -0500
Hi again eh,

Sorry for responding to my own post but I thought it might help other
users.  The PPTP server stops when I add a new user.

As a test to verify, I added another user today, click on apply and
tried to login.  It did not respond to my connection.  Stop and start
PPTP and try again all is fine.  I know it says all existing users
will be disconnected when you click apply but I wasn't aware that the
service doesn't restart correctly.


On Wed, 9 Mar 2005 13:14:16 -0500, Rick Preston <rickjpreston at gmail dot com> wrote:
> Hi eh,
> I am running m0n0wall 1.1 on a adsl connection with a static IP
> address.  We have enabled the internal PPTP server on a separate
> subnet,, from our LAN subnet,  The
> PPTP server address is  Added a couple of users and all
> was\is working fine.
> One of the users, using MS W2k sp4's native VPN client called and said
> he received the error message:
> Error 781: The encryption attempt failed because no valid certificate was found.
> Shortly after everyone was complaining they could not connect.  This
> statement is a little misleading.  We don't use PPTP very often.  We
> use IPSec gateway tunnels to the branch offices, but when someone is
> out of the office they can use PPTP.
> I checked the status page under processes and mpd was running.
> Luckily I am running a syslog server, so I started going through all
> the logs.  Sure enough mpd had been terminated but I could not find a
> valid reason(weird that it said it was still running under processes).
>  Here is the output from the log: (I added the entry just before and
> just after for reference.)
> 13:21:32 racoon: INFO: isakmp.c:1574:isakmp_ph1delete(): ISAKMP-SA
> deleted <removed>
> 13:56:25 mpd: mpd: caught fatal signal term
> 13:56:25 mpd: [pt0] IPCP: Down event
> 13:56:25 mpd: [pt0] IFACE: Close event
> ...
> 13:56:25 mpd: [pt15] IPCP: Down event
> 13:56:25 mpd: [pt15] IFACE: Close event
> 13:56:27 mpd: mpd: pid 98040, version 3.18 (root at nb dot neon1 dot net 13:08  6-Aug-2004)
> 13:56:27 mpd: mpd: already running as process 19900
> 13:56:27 mpd: mpd: process 19900 terminated
> 13:56:32 racoon: INFO: isakmp.c:1368:isakmp_open():[500]
> used as isakmp port (fd=6)
> (Does it look like racoon restarted? sorry off topic)
> I went into the PPTP settings and turned off PPTP, apply, then enabled
> the service again and everything started working fine.  This is the
> second time this has happened in a 68 day uptime.
> Does any know why this might happen?  Is there more information I can
> share that would be helpful in solving this?  Has anyone else seen
> this problem?  I did google the mail archive and there is lots of
> stuff on mpd and PPTP but I didn't see any with this issue.
> Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Rick