RE: Re: Remote connections

From: Jim Harrison (ISA) (
Date: 10/19/04

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    Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 11:02:35 -0700
    To: "John Fleming" <>, "Laura Robinson" <>, "GuidoZ" <>, <>

    TSAC (or TSWEB) isn't "RDP tunneled through HTTP"; it's a web page that
    provides a home for an AX control that gets downloaded to the client.
    This AX control is a "stripped-down" RDP client that uses exactly the
    same protocol as mstsc.exe.

    Jim Harrison
    MCP(NT4/2K), A+, Network+
    Security Business Unit (ISA SE)

    "The last 10 years of Internet usage has disproven
    the theory that a million monkeys typing on a million
    typewriters would eventually produce the complete
    works of Shakespeare. ..or maybe it only works for

    -----Original Message-----
    From: John Fleming []
    Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 8:04 PM
    To: 'Laura Robinson'; 'GuidoZ';
    Subject: RE: Re: Remote connections

    Aside from creating a VPN tunnel and then performing a Remote Desktop
    session, the only other secure way that I was taught, but never tested
    was through SSL.

    Aparently there is a Remote Desktop Web Connection feature that can be
    installed with IIS 6.0. This can act as a gateway to 2000 and 2003
    Server Terminal Services and XP and 2003 server Remote Desktop machines.
    You communicate through HTTP port 80 or SSL 443. Terminal Services Web
    Connection is installed on the web server to a Virtual Directory called
    TSWEB. It is supposed to act as a gateway between the client and
    terminal server. Like I said, I have never tried it, but would love to
    hear some input on it if anyone has.



    -----Original Message-----
    From: Laura Robinson []
    Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2004 5:34 PM
    To: GuidoZ;
    Subject: Re: Re: Remote connections

    > > Why not? I don't know of any current exploit for RDP set to high
    > > encryption, and even if there were any, connections may very well be

    > > shielded by encrypted tunnels.
    > I'm not aware of any currently either, but as their track record
    > proves, that's meaningless.

    RDP has been around and used for *years*. Just because Microsoft makes
    something doesn't inherently mean that it is broken and requiring of a
    knee-jerk bigoted approach to it.

    > > RDP can be tunneled thru SSH as well and has much better performance

    > > than VNC (don't know about Radmin).
    > This may very well be true. I'm not up to par as much as I'd like on
    > RDP, although I'm quite well learned on VNC and such. TightVNC has
    > some of the best compression I've ever seen on a remote control app,
    > I've used TightVNC through Dial-up many a times without delay or a
    > problem. I'd love to see RDP perform the same feat.

    Um, it does. I've done it many, many times. And RAdmin is garbage as far
    as what it does to the machine on which it's running unless you remember
    to crank down its refresh rate to a near-nonexistent level.
    > But I digress. Again, I very well could be wrong about RDP. I've
    > always leaned towards other remote control programs due to problems
    > that usually arises with proprietary programs. (I've been using a form

    > of WinVNC since before RDP was even thought of.)

    Don't be too sure- do you know where RDP came from? With that said, I
    think it's time for you to take a look at it before making what you
    admit are biased statements about it. Never comment on something you've
    not used is usually a good approach, I find.




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