OpenVPN not able to start after upgrade to 2.2.5

  • Hi guys, I noticed that after upgrading to 2.2.5 a few days ago that my openvpn is not able to startup. It's always in a not started state.

    Is this a known issue or did something change?


  • Not a known issue AFAIK.  Have you checked your General log and OpenVPN log (Status - System Logs)?

  • This is what I see from the OpenVPN logs:

    Nov 11 17:08:08 openvpn[38386]: OpenVPN 2.3.8 i386-portbld-freebsd10.1 [SSL (OpenSSL)] [LZO] [MH] [IPv6] built on Aug 21 2015
    Nov 11 17:08:08 openvpn[38386]: library versions: OpenSSL 1.0.1l-freebsd 15 Jan 2015, LZO 2.09
    Nov 11 17:08:08 openvpn[38592]: NOTE: the current –script-security setting may allow this configuration to call user-defined scripts
    Nov 11 17:08:09 openvpn[38592]: Control Channel Authentication: using '/var/etc/openvpn/server1.tls-auth' as a OpenVPN static key file
    Nov 11 17:08:09 openvpn[38592]: TUN/TAP device ovpns1 exists previously, keep at program end
    Nov 11 17:08:09 openvpn[38592]: Cannot open TUN/TAP dev /dev/tun1: Device busy (errno=16)
    Nov 11 17:08:09 openvpn[38592]: Exiting due to fatal error

    Nothing in the regular system logs.


  • Looks like a second instance is trying to grab the adapter but it's already in use.

    Shell in and run:

    ps auxww | grep openvpn

    What do you get?  If you get something like:

    root  11362  0.0  0.3  21728  6296  -  Ss  21Oct15      3:17.88 /usr/local/sbin/openvpn –config /var/etc/openvpn/server1.conf

    then use the kill process_ID command to kill that process (11362 in this example, so kill 11362) and then try to start OpenVPN again via Status - Services.

  • I get this:

    $ ps auxww | grep openvpn
    root  30513  0.0  2.3 12732  5216  -  Ss  Sun06PM    0:46.25 /usr/local/sbin/openvpn –config /var/etc/openvpn/server1.conf
    root  81867  0.0  1.0 10584  2204  -  S    8:05PM    0:00.01 sh -c ps auxww | grep openvpn 2>&1
    root  82214  0.0  0.9 10388  2000  -  R    8:05PM    0:00.01 grep openvpn

    I ran the kill command on 30513 and restarted the process and the openvpn process has started successfully now.

    Thanks for the assistance!


    P.S. Would a reboot have sold the problem too?

  • Would a reboot have sold the problem too?

    Very likely, OpenVPN  tries to keep itself alive through many scenarios but there are a few that require an explicit "Kill-Restart".

    Once back up and running it should be very stable.

Log in to reply