iOS push notification issues
me at anatoli.ws
Mon Mar 18 21:54:42 CET 2019
Hi Jason, all.
I have detected some issues with iOS push notifications with WG while
the device is in sleep mode (screen turned off).
First of all, in spite of having KeepAlive set to 10-30 seconds, iOS
devices don't send keepalive packets at all while the screen is turned
off. The only thing that is more or less always received on the server
is the handshake, every 170 seconds.
It appears that from time to time WG at iOS is not receiving communications
from the server – the device doesn't respond to any incoming connections
(over the tunnel).
Due to this, the incoming push notifications don't reach the device via
the tunnel: I see on the server incoming connections from WhatsApp and
Apple servers, the WG at server tries to forward them to the device, on the
underlying iface I see outgoing WG UDP packets to the client, but no
reply from it.
The device awakes some moment later (probably for the handshake), WG at iOS
communicates with WG at server, iOS establishes a connection to the APNS
and receives the notifications. The effect is that the notifications
enter with a delay (up to 2-3 min) and some incoming calls are lost
(i.e. not answered on time due to lack of notification).
Also, sometimes iOS devices are trying to connect to 184.108.40.206/8 network
(which belongs to Apple and is related to APNS) /outside/ the tunnel.
After this connection fails (due to the firewall not allowing anything
outside VPN), the devices start disconnecting from the WiFi.
Any idea why this happens? I know there are issues with iOS devices
entering sleep, this is a huge problem for OpenVPN Connect app. WG on
iOS somehow manages to work during sleep, but not always. Most (about
80%) of the notifications are received correctly during sleep, but some
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