Android-Based VPN Support for Linux Apps Coming to Chrome OS
Since early last year, people looking to use an Android-based VPN with Chrome OS have enjoyed integration that makes for smooth and secure web surfing. However, this level of ease and protection has been unavailable for Linux apps.
As 9-to-5 Google reports, it appears that Google is attempting to fix that. This is based on an observation of a new code change created on the Chromium Gerrit – a web-based code collaboration tool. Entitled “route Crostini VM traffic through VPNs,” the codename “Crostini” refers to Chrome’s OS’s Linux apps support, all but confirming its impending update. The description reads: “This CL adds Crostini VM interfaces to the whitelisted networking interfaces that route traffic through VPNs.”
The new change is an attempt at a permanent solution for Linux apps, the problem being that Chrome OS VPN settings were not being respected and “containers do not seem to route traffic through a VPN,” and therefore preventing organisations and corporate environments using a VPN.
With this update, Chrome OS will be able to identify the networking being done by virtual machines and pass it through the standard VPN settings. This is done by handling the VM’s TAP interface.
Early last year, Chrome OS was made compatible with VPN apps available in the app store, meaning manual configuration was no longer necessary. This code change is still being developed, but it seems likely that the new support will be available within the coming few days, likely with the release of Chrome OS 75.