Fix for VPN connections on Mac OSX using SonicWall NetExtender (pppd)

Seems like Apple broke pppd with one of the latest patches to OSX. My SonicWALL NetExtender stopped connecting unless run as root. The error i got was:

FATAL: An immediately fatal error of some kind occurred, such as an essential system call failing, or running out of virtual memory.

After some detective work I fixed this by changing permissions as follows:

sudo chmod a+s /usr/sbin/pppd
sudo chmod -R a+w /etc/ppp

Hope this helps someone. 😉

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2 Responses to Fix for VPN connections on Mac OSX using SonicWall NetExtender (pppd)

  1. Chandra says:

    Thanks Richard,

    I hit the same issue, your fix worked for me.

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