Good spot, yes, I have rebooted, well, power cut anyway!! Next step I think is a UPS!!!! Although, judging by Sambuca's comments, this may have been a red herring in the first place. It was simply something I had spotted in the Openswan setup guides which was different, therefore, worth a try!
What do you mean, "!VPNPass1" seems pretty plain text to me..?
In my chap-secrets file, all my users have the same password, "!VPNpass1", and !VPNpass1 is not my, nor any other of the users password!! I presume from this, you do not?!
i.e it looks roughly like this (obviously my users aren't called test1, test2...... but you get the picture!):
# Secrets for authentication using CHAP
test1 l2tpd !VPNpass1 *
test2 l2tpd !VPNpass1 *
test3 l2tpd !VPNpass1 *
test4 l2tpd !VPNpass1 *
I'm beginning to wonder if I have something wrong with my webadmin after Sambuca's comments?!
For any LinuxMCE God's about, I'd be interested to know how the average user, who is not happy to fiddle in the command line, or less still access the MySQL database is able as the primary / admin user within their LinuxMCE system to reset a forgotten normal or VPN passwords for others? This is a fairly basic Admin type task, yet I see no feature for it?!