Apple Forced to Change VPN on Demand Behaviour Due to VirnetX Lawsuit

vpn on iosIn a new support document, Apple informs iOS users that on devices running iOS 6.1 and later, the behaviour of VPN on Demand will soon be altered via a software update due to a lawsuit by Internet Security company VirnetX.

Back in November last year, Apple was ordered to pay $368.2 million after a federal jury found that the company infringes VirnetX’s VPN related patents.

From the support document:

Due to a lawsuit by VirnetX, Apple will be changing the behavior of VPN On Demand for iOS devices using iOS 6.1 and later.

Devices using iOS 6.1 and later with VPN On Demand configured to “Always” will behave as if they were configured with the “Establish if needed” option. The device will establish a VPN On Demand connection only if it is unable to resolve the DNS name of the host it is trying to reach. This change will be distributed in an update later this month.

Virtual Private Networks are mostly used by corporate users to access a private company network securely over the Internet. In the support document, Apple describes various scenarios where this change could result in problems for VPN users, including ones where the server is configured to deliver different content over internal and external networks.

To address these issues, the user needs to manually turn on VPN in Settings, or wait until Apple delivers a solution in a future software update.

Via: The Loop


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  • iphonemaniac

    When apple is blatantly violating other patents , it should not point at other plates about their patent violation.

  • Apel P

    Wow this will probably screw up Onavo Extend, because it uses VPN

  • bcsc

    That’s fantastic. In one patent Apple is forced to well over half of their claim from the Samsung case, which dealt with multiple software and dozens of design patents. Wonder if they’re happy with the patent war they started?

  • filthyjason

    so it’s going to VPN every time it can’t resolve a DNS name? I bet that’ll cause a lot of VPN traffic. sounds like a bad method for determining VPN establishment to me unless you can set up some domain names you want to use for the VPN.