How to configure SSL VPN


SSL (Secure Socket Layer) VPN provides simple-to-use, secure access for remote users to the corporate network from anywhere, anytime. It enables creation of point-to-point encrypted tunnels between remote user and company‟s internal network, requiring combination of SSL certificates and a username/password for authentication.

Cyberoam allows remote users access to the corporate network in 3 Modes:

  • Tunnel Access Mode: User gains access through a remote SSL VPN
  • Web Access Mode: Remote users can access SSL VPN using a web browser only, e., clientless access.
  • Application Access Mode: users can access web applications as well as certain enterprise applications through a web browser, i.e., clientless access.


Configure SSL VPN in Cyberoam such that the remote user shown in the diagram below is able to access the Web and Intranet Servers in the company‟s internal network. The user is to have Full Access, i.e., Tunnel, Web and Application Access. The network particulars given below are used as an example throughout this article.



Network Parameters

Configuration Parameter Value
Cyberoam WAN IP
LAN Network
Intranet Server IP
Web Server IP
IP Range Leased to user after successful connection through SSL VPN to


Configure SSL VPN in Cyberoam by following the steps given below. All configurations are to be done from Web Admin Console using „Administrator‟ profile.

Step 1: Generate Default Certificate Authority

To generate the default Certificate Authority, go to Systemà Certificate à Certificate Authority and click Default CA.

Update the Default CA as shown below.


Click OK to generate Default Certificate Authority.




If the customer is using an external certificate authority, then upload the same from System -> Certificate -> Certificate Authority.

Step 2: Create self-signed Certificate

To create a self-signed Certificate, go to System -> Certificate -> Certificate and click Add. Generate a Self Signed Certificate using the parameters given below.

Parameter Description

Parameter Value Description
Action Generate Self Signed Certificate Specify action for certificate generation
Certificate Name SSLVPN_SelfSigned Name to identify the Certificate.
Valid upto April 04, 2013 Specify certificate validity period using Calendar
Key length 1024 Select key length, i.e., number of bits used to construct the key.
Password cyberoamabc Password for a Certificate used for authentication


Certificate ID E-mail:


Specify Certificate ID.



Click OK to create the certificate.

Step 3: Configure SSL Global Parameters

To set global parameters for tunnel access, go to VPN ->SSL ->Tunnel Access and configure tunnel access settings with following values:

Parameter Value Description
Protocol TCP Select default protocol for all the SSL VPN clients.
SSL Server Certificate SSLVPN_SelfSigned Select SSL Server certificate from the dropdown list to be used for authentication

Per User Certificate



SSL server uses certificate to authenticate the remote client. One can use the common certificate for all the users or create individual certificate for each user

SSL Client Certificate



Select the SSL Client certificate from the dropdown list if you want to use common certificate for authentication
IP Lease Range to

Specify the range of IP addresses reserved for the SSL Clients
Subnet Mask Specify Subnet mask
Primary DNS Specify IP address of Primary DNS
Secondary DNS Specify IP address of Secondary DNS
Enable DPD Enabled Click to enable Dead Peer Detection.

Check Peer after every



Specify time interval in the range of 60 to 3600 seconds after which the peer should be checked for its status.

Disconnect after



Specify time interval in the range of 300 to 1800 seconds after which the connection should be disconnected if peer is not live.

Idle Time Out



Specify idle timeout. Connection will be dropped after the configured inactivity time and user will be forced to re-login.


Data Transfer Threshold




Once the idle timeout is reached, before dropping the connection, appliance will check the data transfer. If data transfer is more than the configured threshold, connection will be dropped.


To set global Idle Time for Web Access Mode, go to VPN ->SSL -> Web Access and set Idle Time as shown below.


Step 4: Create Bookmarks

Bookmarks are the resources whose access is available through SSL VPN Web portal. You can also create a group of bookmarks that can be configured in SSL VPN Policy. These resources are available in Web and Application Access mode only.

To create Bookmark, go to VPN ->SSL ->Bookmark and click Add. Create Bookmark using following parameters.

Parameter Value Description
Name Telnet Name to identify Bookmark.
Type TELNET Specify type of bookmark.




Specify URL at which telnet sessions are allowed to remote users.


Click OK to create Bookmark.

Similarly, create a bookmark Intranet of type HTTP to allow access to the internal Intranet server. Intranet is accessible in Web as well as Application Access Mode, while Telnet is accessible in Application Access Mode.

Step 5: Configure SSL VPN Policy

To configure SSL VPN policy, go to VPN à SSL à Policy and click Add. Create policy using parameters given below.

Parameter Description

Parameter Value Description
Add SSL VPN Policy
Name Full_Access Name to identify the SSL VPN policy

Access Mode

Tunnel Access Mode Web Access Mode

Application Access Mode


Select the access mode by clicking the appropriate option.

Tunnel Access Settings
Tunnel Type Split Tunnel Select tunnel type. Tunnel type determines how the remote user‟s traffic will be routed.
Accessible Resources Sales Select Hosts or Networks that remote user can access.
DPD Settings Use Global Settings You can customize and override the global Dead Peer Detection setting.
Idle Time out Use Global Settings You can use the global settings or customize the idle timeout.
Web Access Settings
Enable Arbitary URL Access Enabled Enable to access custom URLs not defined as Bookmarks.
Accessible Resources Intranet Select Bookmarks/Bookmarks Group that remote user can access.
Idle Time out Use Global Settings You can use the global settings or customize the idle timeout.
Application Access Settings
Accessible Resources Intranet Telnet Select Bookmarks/Bookmarks Group that remote user can access.


Step 6: Apply SSL VPN Policy on User

To apply SSL VPN policy on user, follow the steps given below.

Go to Identity -> Users -> User and select the user to which policy is to be applied. Here we have applied it on user John Smith.


Under Policies section, select Full_Access for SSL VPN as shown below.


Click OK to update the user‟s SSL VPN Policy.

Step 7: Download and Install SSL VPN Client at Remote End

Remote users can login to Cyberoam SSL VPN Portal by browsing to https://<WAN IP address of Cyberoam:port> and logging in.

Note: Use default port: 8443 unless customized. Access is available only to those users who have been assigned an SSL VPN policy.


User is directed to the Main Page which displays Tunnel, Web or Application Access Mode section according to policy applied on user.


For Tunnel Access, user needs to access internal resources through an SSL VPN Client.

  • Download the SSL VPN client by clicking “Download Client” and follow the on-screen
  • Install the client on the remote user‟s

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