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7.166. ppp

Updated ppp packages that fix several bugs and add one enhancement are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The ppp packages contain the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) daemon and documentation for PPP support. The PPP protocol provides a method for transmitting datagrams over serial point-to-point links. PPP is usually used to dial in to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or other organization over a modem and phone line.

Bug Fixes

Previously, when the radius client configuration file contained an option not recognized by the PPP radius plug-in, an error was reported. To fix this bug, the parser for the configuration file has been amended to skip unrecognized options. Now, unknown options are skipped without reporting errors.
Prior to this update, the ppp package incorrectly required the logrotate package. Consequently, the logrotate package could not be easily uninstalled. To fix this bug, the hard dependency on the logrotate package has been removed, and it is now possible to easily uninstall the logrotate package.
Previously, the Point-to-Point Protocol daemon (PPPD) terminated unexpectedly when the pppol2tp plug-in was used, and the PPPD command line contained a dump option. To fix this bug, the initialization of the variable containing textual representation of the file descriptor passed to the pppol2tp plug-in has been corrected. Now, the variable initializes properly, and PPPD no longer crashes in this scenario.


The ppp package now includes two new plug-ins ( and that allow the use of kernel mode l2tp in dependent packages. As a result, it is now possible to leverage in-kernel pppo-l2tp protocol implementation by xl2tpd and openl2tpd.
Users of ppp are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs and add this enhancement.