[Dshield] gotomypc.com

John Hardin johnh at aproposretail.com
Mon May 13 15:55:46 GMT 2002

On Mon, 2002-05-13 at 07:35, Kuske, Barry wrote:
> I was just wondering if anyone was aware of this product/service
> (www.gotomypc.com).  Apparently it will allow remote PC access from the
> internet and doesn't require any kind of FIREWALL reconfiguration.  To me as
> a firewall administrator and network administrator this is a huge security
> problem.  This would allow anyone on your network without prior permission
> to setup their PC so that it can be REMOTE CONTROLLED from the internet.
> The only thing that prevented this from happening was SuperScout blocked the
> site as a remote proxy.

Another aspect of this that hits my paranoia buttons is that the
gotomypc site proxies your "secure" traffic. I haven't seen anything
clearly indicating that the encryption of the traffic is end-to-end, vs.
something like SSL-to-their-proxy, then something else from their proxy
to the system being controlled.

I am worried about the ability of the gotomypc people to eavesdrop the
session, or for their server to be cracked and for some third party to
eavesdrop your session.

Personally I would not trust it. Give me SSH and, if I need a GUI
desktop, VNC or rdesktop. Then it's all under my control.

John Hardin                                   <johnh at aproposretail.com>
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