# Auto re-connecting to a VPN on OS X and pointing Squid accordingly

We need to tunnel certain applications over a VPN at work. Ideally we would use a dedicated firewall/network appliance for this but the only permanent infrastructure we have are Mac Pro's running Squid.

This means that if our VPN connection drops or anything happens to the link, we have to manually click "Connect VPN" and then update squid.conf to point to the new VPN IP. I decided to write an AppleScript task that runs as a cronjob, then depending on whether a disconnect had occurred, squid would then be reconfigured.

AutoReconnectVPN.scpt (AppleScript)

global gAttempts

tell application "System Events"
tell current location of network preferences
repeat 10 times
set myConnection to the service "VPN"
if myConnection is not null then
if current configuration of myConnection is not connected then
connect myConnection
set gAttempts to gAttempts + 1
else
-- Return 0 if theres no need to reconfigure squid
return gAttempts
end if
end if
delay 5
end
end tell
end tell


SetProxyIP.sh (bash script)

#!/bin/bash

# Sets tcp_outgoing_address in squid.conf to point to IP of ppp0

export VPNIP=''
CONFDIR=~/Library/Preferences/squid.conf

for i in 1 2 3 4 5; do
export VPNIP="$(ifconfig ppp0 | sed -En 's/127.0.0.1//;s/.*inet (addr:)?(([0-9]*\.){3}[0-9]*).*/\2/p')" echo "GETTING VPN IP"$VPNIP
if [[ $VPNIP =~ ^[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}$ ]];
then
sed -i .bak 's/.*tcp_outgoing_address.*.*/tcp_outgoing_address '$VPNIP'/'$CONFDIR
# Would have used squid -k reconfigure, fails with error in our environment?
kill -9 cat /tmp/squid.pid || :
/usr/local/squid/sbin/squid -f $CONFDIR break fi sleep 1 done  Then a cronjob to run every minute */1 * * * * osascript ~/vpnscripts/AutoReconnectVPN.scpt; if [ "$?" -eq "0" ] ; then ~/vpnscripts/SetProxyIP.sh; fi


Perhaps a continual daemon process would be more elegant and remove the possible 1 minute downtime between checks, but this is acceptable for our purposes.

This is my first experience with sed so I'm expecting there could be room for improvement there. My main hope is that someone could stumble upon this and find it useful.