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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

RedRover Secure on Ubuntu 10.04

Cornell's secure wireless network, called RedRover Secure, unfortunately only comes with instructions for Windows and MacOS systems. There is a wiki page describing how to use RedRover Secure on Linux, but unfortunately those instructions are quite outdated. Nonetheless, they helped me set up the network on my Ubuntu 10.04 netbook and I wanted to share the solution which is actually fairly easy.

  1. If you haven't done so already, in order to download the required security certificates, you should connect to the normal RedRover network.
  2. Download the compressed archive with the certificates from here. In case the files are no longer available, you should be able to find them linked on the instruction page for installation of the certificates on MacOS.
  3. Unzip the two files to a location of your choice.
  4. Now you're ready to connect: Choose RedRover Secure in the network manager and the following window will appear:

  5. The required settings are:

    • Wireless Security: WPA & WPA Enterprise
    • Authentication: Tunneled TLS
    • Anonmymous Identity: [blank]
    • CA Certificate: Choose the ThawtePremiumServerCA.cer file that you extracted in the previous step
    • Inner Authentication: PAP
    • Username: [your NetID]
    • Password: [your Cornell password]
  6. That's it! You should now be securely connected to the Cornell network.