Automatic Fortinet Firewall Authentication (Linux)

December 20, 2017

This post will detail how one could set up their linux systems to automatically perform fortinet firewall auth (used in iitk) as soon as they connect to a particular network. For this post, I will concentrate on connecting to iitk wifi network. This can be extended as needed for other networks you connect to as well. This tutorial is only valid for people using NetworkManager (This is used by default in ubuntu/gnome setups).

First of all, we will need to download a bash script for performing firewall auth developed by the people The script is here.

Save the script as in your downloads folder or somewhere. Edit the script file’s username and password variable to be your iitk username and password. Now execute the following commands after cding to the folder where this file is kept:

sudo chmod a+x
sudo cp /usr/bin/

Now to test if this is working, connect to a wifi network which is going to ask you to perform firewall authentication. Once the firewall auth page appears in your browser, don’t login. Instead, go to a terminal and run Now try and access the internet. It should be working (Yay!!).

Now, we need to basically automate this step for whenever you connect to iitk wifi network. So first of all we need to find out the name of our wifi interface. Run ifconfig in a terminal and check its output for something like: wl*.

enp7s0: flags=4099<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        ether a0:8c:fd:81:da:64  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING>  mtu 65536
        inet  netmask
        inet6 ::1  prefixlen 128  scopeid 0x10<host>
        loop  txqueuelen 1000  (Local Loopback)
        RX packets 47815  bytes 73120211 (69.7 MiB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 47815  bytes 73120211 (69.7 MiB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

wlp8s0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        ether ac:2b:6e:68:0b:a0  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 3059431  bytes 4099335735 (3.8 GiB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 1673850  bytes 616870303 (588.2 MiB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

^ In the above wlp8s0 is the name of my wifi-interface. Remember this for later on.

We also need to know the name by which the connection is referred to by NetworkManager. For this, connect to the relevant wifi network and run nmcli con in a terminal. Its output should highlight the name of the current network. Remember this for later on.

Now we will come to the actual scripting. NetworkManager offers us a way to run a script everytime there is a change in network status. This script is actually placed in /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/. So we will create a file called 00auth in that folder:

sudo touch /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/00auth
sudo chmod u+x /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/00auth

Open up the file in your favorite editor as sudo. For example:

sudo nano /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/00auth

Add the following code in the file:


wifiName="wlp8s0"  # This is from the output of ifconfig
conId="iitk"  # This is from the output of nmcli con

if [ "$1" = "$wifiName" -a $2 = up -a "$CONNECTION_ID" = "$conId"  ]; then
  # Wait till network is connected
  until ping -q -c 1 -W 1 >/dev/null; do :; done
  # Run the authentication script
  /usr/bin/ & disown

if [ "$1" = "$wifiName" -a $2 = down -a "$CONNECTION_ID" = "$conId"  ]; then
  # Close authentication script

Save the file. We are done! Now, everytime our machine connects to iitk wifi, this authentication script will run and authenticate the pc and as soon as we disconnect, the script would be killed.

This script can be extended for more networks by adding more if clauses. Cheers!!

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