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Getting Juniper Network Connect to Work on 64-bit Linux
Jun 5, 2012
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So let’s say you’ve got a Juniper MAG or SRX or similar unit at work that supports SSL VPN. Now let’s say you’re running 64-bit Linux at home and need to connect to said VPN. I doubt it makes much difference which distro you use, but I’m going to assume you’re really cool and are using a Debian-based one. So there are a few necessary steps required to get this Java-based VPN client running, and if you follow this tutorial, you’ll have it working in no time.

First, you will need to ensure the ’nosudo’ option is NOT enabled for /home in /etc/fstab. Please don’t curse at me. I didn’t write this app. The reason you have to take a major step back in security is because the app needs to modify routing tables, overwrite your /etc/hosts and /etc/resolv.conf, load the tun module and create a tun device. It will install two setuid root binaries into ~/.juniper_networks/network_connect/. If the option is enabled, remove the option and remount /home:

mount -o remount /home

Next, you will need to ensure you have all the gcc and g++ 32-bit packages installed (gcc-multilib and g++-multilib in Debian/Ubuntu) as well as the 32-bit libraries (ia32-libs) and libstdc++ (libstdc++6 on Debian unstable).

apt-get install gcc-multilib g++-multilib ia32-libs libstdc++

Now install xterm. Yes, xterm. I’m not kidding.

apt-get install xterm

Also make sure sudo is installed and configured for your user, though it’s rare to find a distro that doesn’t install sudo by default anymore.

And now for the fun part. You should probably already have the 64-bit Java JRE installed, and we’ll assume you install it manually to stay up to date, so let’s unzip it into /opt/jre1.7.0_04-64 if you don’t already have it somewhere. Also get the 32-bit version and put it in /opt/jre1.7.0_04-32 . Move /opt/jre1.7.0_04-64/bin/java to /opt/jre1.7.0_04-64/bin/java.orig and create a bash script at /opt/jre1.7.0_04-64/bin/java :



if [ $3x = "NCx" ]
    /opt/jre${VERSION}-32/bin/java "$@"
    /opt/jre${VERSION}-64/bin/java.orig "$@"

Make sure your new script is executable:

chmod 0755 /opt/jre1.7.0_04-64/bin/java

The final step is to create a symlink to the 64-bit version of Java’s JRE plugin in Firefox’s plugins directory (which you will create if it doesn’t exist).

This assumes you’re using 64-bit Firefox and you’ve installed it in /opt/firefox:

mkdir /opt/firefox/plugins 2>/dev/null
ln -s /opt/jre1.7.0_04-64/lib/amd64/ /opt/firefox/plugins/

Problem solved!

UPDATE: Tested and Juniper NC works with the latest (1.7.0_04) JRE as of this writing. Updated version numbers above

Credit for the script goes to the following forum post on Ubuntu forums:

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