News Iran: PPTP and L2TP VPN Protocols Blocked. SSTP VPN is Unstable

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News Iran : Reports are coming in that one of the most used VPN protocol that is Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) has been blocked today i.e. 29th September, 2011.

However, L2TP VPN Protocol was blocked two weeks back as reported earlier in other news iran post. Iran is a country with extremely tight policy on internet and censors everything possible to create an all famous Halal Internet or Ethernet as Iranians call it.

It was already impossible for Iranians to buy VPN due to USA international sanctions on Iran, which made it extremely difficult for Iranians to buy VPN from any US registered company. In fact many of the VPN providers and payments processors do not accept payments from Iran as it is a US Sanctioned Country.

Netizens in Iran have protested the act of Internet Censorship in Iran on all forums (majorly Iranian) and are of opinion that this hinders their progress and violates their basic right to freedom and information.

Almost all major websites, social networks, international news websites and video streaming websites are all blocked in Iran. In addition we regularly see closure of local sites that write against the censorship and government. In fact many bloggers had to go to jail for saying things against Iran, its censorship and its government.

Affluent netizens in Iran used to buy VPN to bypass the censorship, but it seems like China, Iran has also opted to block the PPTP and L2TP VPN protocols. It is extremely easy to block PPTP and L2TP VPN Protocols as the traffic through these protocol flows on dedicated ports (which can not be changed) and those ports can easily be blocked. However, according to the reports SSTP remains unstable. One of the VPN provider is of the view that Iran might be doing “Packet Header Inspection” in case of SSTP, as it is impossible to block SSTP without blocking all the traffic flowing on HTTPS port.

Below is the tweet from one of the Iranian (name and picture hidden on request), he happens to be using Unstable SSTP VPN,

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Moreover, circumvention tools like Tor, Ultrasurf and Freedom are still working but are very unstable and giving frequent disconnections. Lets wait for another news iran update.

10/10/2011 : Update: Reports: Iran Internet Censorship Filters are Down and Not working !

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Faisal is a professional blogger at BestVPNService. A close observer of the digital world, Faisal critically monitors and reviews service providers of IT industry, particularly VPNs.

31 thoughts on “News Iran: PPTP and L2TP VPN Protocols Blocked. SSTP VPN is Unstable

  1. I Live in Iran,,,, i wanna tell the guy`s whos Work In “Sepah” & “Basij” some words:
    Well done… happy hah? rob your ass and Block PPTP & L2TP… put us in jail. Come to our Privacy areas Our Home and broke our satt` recievers… do whatever you can best to Block news and Information… but WE ARE NOT BLIND , WE ARE NOT STUPID ,,, WE ARE NOT GIVE UP TO HAVE FREEDOM … you fucking shit head should know when you change ports to block L2TP and PPTP , acually you open your bank doors for hackers you fucking jackass. and its a question for you hah? you block us dear Basiji. so how can we access This Site and FB and VOA and BBC and …. ?!!!! hahahahahah

  2. Now a days Iranians face with Blocking, and according to the above article as in china, but i don’t think so they can do anything with SSTP, and if they did, what would be happened to their banks’ security?

  3. Why do people think Iran has suddenly banned all these protocols?

    It is all related tothe 3,000 billion embezzlement scandal in Iran. It is such a big historical scandal for them (Sepah + Ahmadinejad) and they want to block Iranian people from getting any news from international websites and social networks.

    They have done this before during the election conflicts two years ago.

    And since Sepah is controlling the entire Internet in Iran, this proves that they are also involved in this big scandal.

    Sorry for Islam, sorry for myself, and sorry for all Iranian people that are behaved like this.

    And sorry for the American assholes that not only do nothing for Iranian people, but also impose more sanctions on them.

  4. HOLY SHIT !!!!!
    Iran`s vpns are crashed , in fact iranian`s providers vpn are crashed . that was terrible message for me . i hope it will be right so soon .

  5. This site is currently blocked in Iran. Also I’m from IRAN and writing this comment!! lol

    They are so STUPID. They think we can’t access to blocked sites!

    Don’t forget Iran : If you block something, I(We) can find another way quickly. Cuz WE ARE TALENTED AND YOU ARE SO STUPID. That’s it! __Sorry for my bad English

  6. I also am an Iranian,

    yet i do not dislike my country, i do not disrespect it, i do not treat it with foul language,

    no i do not like sepahi or bassiji, the sort that we see them know popping up like…

    it is not the country that i should be angry with, it is “I” the so called Iranian. whatever the problem, the fountain is me. it all begins with me,.
    soon we will find a way to bypass this little hurdle as well, soon a newer or better technology will come along.
    this little set back should not give me the rights to go on and bring thousands of years of history and culture under attack.

    Instead why aren’t we try to find a way to overcome this problem.

    ask yourself what have I done to make a difference?!

    and if the answer is nothing, then do not be angry with the country, but yourself.

    for once instead of nagging try to do something

  7. behtar az iran nist harja begardi shoma ha ham age rast migin berin be vazee keshvare khodetoon residegi konin

  8. are in keshvar bara jire khorayi mesle to jaye besiyar khubiye to hamin bayad nokaro jire khore dolat bashi beyne in hame adam to unadi shakh shodi migi hichja behtar az iran nemsihe ?! in neshun mide ke chegad agab oftadeyi az hameye lahaz ham az nazare zehni ham az nazare farhang keshvari ke tush ingad hago ensaniyat zire pa gozashte mishe jaye zendeghi nist . toham behttare beri yekam fekr koni bebeini internte afganestan speedsh balast ya iran?! in fagat ye mesal bud tu hameye jahat iran ye keshvare agab oftadevo estebdadiye ke arzeshe zendeghi ro nadare motmaen bash yeroz khodet be in natije miresi . kudum keshvari tahala portaye VPN esho baste ?!

    • hers nakhor soheil jun,be qole khodet yeki az jire khora (sandis khoraye) sepahe umade inja CM mizare,be qole khodet “happy” neveshtan balad nis! az adami k savadesh inqade che entezari dari?albate kheilia hastan k savadeshun inqadam nis vqali shu`ureshun kh balast,in janevar az bisavadi o bikari rafte besh chomaq dadan vase sarkube mano to pul besh midan k raziye az in hukumat,dayereye didesh ham dar hadde hamun mahaleye paein shahreshune k hame az faqro etiad zajje mizanan,alan az un vaziat be jaei reside k neshaste poshte PC dare CM mizare vase mano to! bayadam razi bashe az in sharayet! omidvaram az tariqe hamin net k be injaha reside o dasto pa shekaste yad gerefte CM bezare o “hap!y” benevise,be murur 4ta chize dg ham bebine befahme k donya faqat dar hade un mahallashun nis,bebine hamunaei k mige beran be vaze keshvare khodeshun beresan,be jaei residan k raeis jomhureshun ye siahpust e,2ta raeis jomhure qablishon yani Bill Clinton sare ye rabete ba “Munica” estizah mishe ta 1qadamiye barkenari mire,shayad yavash yavash ba in chiza k barkhord mikone ye tekuni bokhore,adama zatan hamashun “fetrate haqiqat ju” daran,hishki az madar k motevaled mishe dozd ya motad ya basiji e chomaq be dast nist,shayad ruzi sedaye “vejdan” darunesho beshnave,hameye ensanha mostaqel az “din” o “mazhabeshun” ye nedaye daruni daran be esme “vejdan”, vaqti kare badi anjam midi,haqe kasio be nahaq zaye mikoni,male kasio midozdi,ye hese badi bet das mide,hata age hich “dini” nadashte bashi,shayad yebar k be nahaq ba chomaqesh mizane be tane mano to,nedaye darunesh tekunesh bede…shayad ruzi unam cheshmash be andaze mano to baz she hamechio bebine o khodesh ba aqlesh qezavat kone,nage nayebe emam zaman gofte bokosh inaro,manam mikosham! shayad be aqlesh ruju kone bebine k 3milyard ekhtelas shode tu hukumate emam zamanesh! taze inyeki ru shode! bad ba veqahate tamam mikhan ba in vaze mamlekat daarishun raveshe hukumatdaariye donyaro erae konan ya hukumate eslamishuno sader konan 4ta keshvare dgaram mese ma o suriye o afqanestan badbakht konan…
      kh neveshtam vali harfam tamumi nadare,toam mese khodami,midunam,hers nakhor omidvar bash yeruzi be chizi k haqemune miresim,ma kheili bishtar az una hastim… akharaye kareshune…

  9. Fuck The Iranian Goverment,Fuck ahmadinajad and Khameneii(jakesh),

    The Block All primary right,but we still say nothing to them….Fuck

  10. doooostan aslan chera vpn ? shoma mitonid ba mahi 5000t iek service iek tarfe mahvareh begirid va kolan az internete iran bye bye konid ……baraie rahnamieee va soal dar khedmatim

  11. doooostan aslan chera vpn ? shoma mitonid ba mahi 5000t iek service iek tarfe mahvareh begirid va kolan az internete iran bye bye konid ……baraie rahnamieee va soal dar khedmatim

    Alireza aziz

    That is very interesting! Will you explain what you mean?

    • I am using openvpn iran. I believe they cannot block openvpn. 🙂 I am also using a custom vpn it is called pdproxy heres their link h ttp://www.pd proxy.com/ for openvpn you can get a free account at h ttp://ww w.proxpn.com/ or h ttp://hotspo tshield.com/

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