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    securing remote desktop (WinXP Pro)

    I am wondering how secure is WinXP's remote desktop. For example, in Ultra VNC, you at least can create a key and use it for connecting to the host. There is not such a key in remote desktop. Any suggestions?

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    Re: securing remote desktop (WinXP Pro)

    Hi there

    I use Remote Desktop on a daily basis. There is a distinct difference between the two actions, well at least in the way I use the two. I use WinVNC

    With Win VNC, I invariably connect to a user's PC whilst they are logged on and using Windows NT security, the key is a remoter/remotee agreement to ensure that the connection is authorised.

    With Remote Desktop on the other hand you are connecting to the server/desktop using Windows NT authentication, the only time you can make changes is if you are set up as a Power User or Administrator setting.

    So to answer your question, Remote Desktop is very secure as you are using NT Security, I use it cross site and from home via Cisco VPN
    Jerry

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    Re: securing remote desktop (WinXP Pro)

    Hi Jerry,

    While I agree with you on the NT security, however, it seems to me that VNC has two layers of security: password and the key whereas RD has the user name and password only. A hacker may have an easier time to crack the user name and password but cracking the key and the password together may seem to be impossible. I am not sure if I am right.

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    Re: securing remote desktop (WinXP Pro)

    Ok, I see your point but with the right version of VNC I am able to bypass the requirement for a password as I can overwrite it with a simple(ish) batch file , which we do on our network as users cannot always find the IP address (ID 10 T error <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>) so a good hacker is going to know the way to use VNC to get around this issue. We just get the computer name and connect and enter the admin password....easy.

    Also with some XP Pro set ups you can put settings on the PC to stop external connectivity using VNC and similar products hence why we are beginning to use System Management Server or SMS as this again bypasses this instruction.

    So I can "hack" a machine easier with VNC than with SMS or Remote Desktop...IMHO
    Jerry

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