How to Install Forticlient SSL VPN in Linux Ubuntu 18.04

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This article has a specific content for showing how to install Forticlient SSL VPN in Linux Ubuntu 18.04. The following is an example of the installation process of Forticlient VPN in Linux Ubuntu 18.04. According to the information in this link, Forticlient SSL VPN is a VPN Client to connect to Fortigate Devices with minimal effort. Moreover, there is an installation package  for Ubuntu and Debian.

According to the article in this link, Forticlient SSL VPN itself is an application for providing secure, reliable access to corporate networks and applications from virtually any internet-connected remote location using SSL and IPSec VPN. Basically, FortiClient simplifies remote user experience with built-in auto-connect and always-up VPN features. It has a two-factor authentication that can provide additional layer of security. Moreover, FortiClient for Linux protects Linux desktops and servers against malware by leveraging real-time scanning and detecting vulnerabilities before attackers can exploit them. FortiClient itself is also utilizing Sandbox threat intelligence to detect and block zero-day threats that have not been seen before.

The following are steps for installing Forticlient SSL VPN where the information for the installation step available in this link :

1. Download the official package available where it exists in the form of a generic tar.gz package. But fortunately in the article in this  link, there is a download link for building a .deb packages for 32/64bit Linux Ubuntu. The link available is only for Linux Ubuntu 16.04. Apparently, there is no version available for the Linux Ubuntu 18.04 file installer. Although it doesn’t exist, the file installer for Linux Ubuntu 16.04, fortunately it is working for Linux Ubuntu 18.04. Just click the file installer link for further download where it is available in the article in this link.  All of the packages itself should also work on debian since it has the file installer is in the .deb format.

2. Execute the file installer by typing the following command :

root@hostname ~# dpkg -i forticlient-sslvpn_4.4.2333-1_amd64.deb 
Selecting previously unselected package forticlient-sslvpn.
(Reading database ... 421879 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack forticlient-sslvpn_4.4.2333-1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking forticlient-sslvpn (4.4.2333-1) ...
Setting up forticlient-sslvpn (4.4.2333-1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-1ubuntu3.18.04.2) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-11ubuntu1.1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.60ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3+18.04.20180207.2-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
root@hostname ~#

3. Check the Forticlient SSL VPN whether it has exist or not by typing the following command :

root@hostname ~#  apt --installed list | grep fort

WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts.

forticlient/unknown,now amd64 [installed]
forticlient-sslvpn/now 4.4.2333-1 amd64 [installed,local]
gfortran/bionic-updates,bionic-security,now 4:7.4.0-1ubuntu2.3 amd64 [installed]
gfortran-7/bionic-updates,bionic-security,now 7.4.0-1ubuntu1~18.04.1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
libgfortran-7-dev/bionic-updates,bionic-security,now 7.4.0-1ubuntu1~18.04.1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
libgfortran4/bionic-updates,bionic-security,now 7.4.0-1ubuntu1~18.04.1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
openfortigui/now 0.7.3-2 amd64 [installed,local]
root@hostname ~# 

According to the above output, Forticlient SSL VPN exist.

  1. So, try to run the Forticlient VPN SSL by typing ‘forticlientssl’. This is possible in the Linux Ubuntu operating system as in the following image output :

  1. After the execution of the program in the previous step, the following is the output of it :

The installation process of Forticlient SSL VPN is over. The next step is just to fill the above configuration box for connecting to VPN via SSL method.

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