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Is VNC safe? (Remote desktop question)

Old 08-03-04, 02:08 PM
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Is VNC safe? (Remote desktop question)

We have a remote site that I want to remote control computers from our main office but I am having some issues.

My main issue is that I want to remote control the PC as the end user, not log in as administrator. Remote Desktop Connection is great if I want to Remote as admin, but a lot of times that does not fix the issue. That brings me to VNC, I can VNC as the end user and it works great, but I'm a little leery of using this software as itís a free third party app. I talked to our consultant about it and he said he has heard of universal passwords for VNC so I'm iffy about using that. However, VNC would make my job so much easier, but I don't want to sacrifice security for comfort.

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http://www.realvnc.com/
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Old 08-03-04, 02:19 PM
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I am almost 100% sure this is a secure app. It was developed by Bell Labs (of ATT) and has been used in Linux for years. We use it at my job and it is government work.
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Old 08-03-04, 02:44 PM
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never heard of any vnc hacks
i would say its safe

we have it loaded on every desktop/laptop/server in our company

of course, most of the servers are connected to avocents, inreach, xyplex, etc.... but sometimes, its just easier to be able to bring up a browser window and vnc in real quick..

and for the laptops/desktops..
all the machines are locked down so the users cant do much.. so its not like there was much risk even if anyone got on.. but user support can vnc in, log out the machine, log in as root, install/fix, and then log back out.. without leaving their desk.. just make sure you have it running as a service in case you need to remote reboot or anything.
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Old 08-03-04, 03:06 PM
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Go for it, we have VNC loaded on the majority of our servers. I hate its latency and far prefer Remote Desktops
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Old 08-03-04, 04:09 PM
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How do you manage all the VNC passwords and settings? Is there a management console for it?
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Old 08-03-04, 07:43 PM
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VNC is safe, but I've come to prefer mstsc /console instead.
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