How To Configure A VPN In Kali Linux

If you are looking to add a VPN to Kali Linux then you may have noticed that the option is greyed out.


This is because the required plugins are not installed by default. To rectify that watch the video below or read the text further down the page –

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If you didn’t catch all that from the video then here are the required commands and keystrokes again –

apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome
press enter
press y to continue
apt-get install network-manager-pptp
press enter
press y to continue
apt-get install network-manager-pptp-gnome
press enter
apt-get install network-manager-strongswan
press enter
press y to continue
apt-get install network-manager-vpnc
press enter
press y to continue
apt-get install network-manager-vpnc-gnome
press enter
/etc/init.d/network-manager restart
press enter
go into network connections
select the VPN tab
click Add VPN
Now choose your VPN
click on create
enter the required details and off you go…

While you are here, do you also need to know how to get Armitage for Kali Linux?

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  1. Just curious… #andrew did you ever get this to work? I’ve recently installed kali, but the MIGHTY Google yields no solution.

    First, VPN > Add was greyed out. Now, after adding a software source, I’m able to Add, but no-go for PPTP connections.

    Anyone have any ideas?

  2. apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package network-manager-openvpn-gnome is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘network-manager-openvpn-gnome’ has no installation candidate

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