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RE: GOTOMYPC Corporate?
From: Christopher Herrmann <CHerrmann () oddfellows com au>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 10:09:27 +1100

I trialled it for a while, and found it very easy to set up and administer,
but I was concerned about how it actually operates: about how it actually
"gets around" a firewall. It is a java-based system if I'm not mistaken.

CH

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Medici [mailto:mark () dbma com]
Sent: Wednesday, 10 March 2004 7:35 
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: GOTOMYPC Corporate?


I have used it myself, and have recommended it to clients because it is a
reliable and simple method to circumvent firewalls an NAT boundaries for
outside remote access.  And I have recommended to other clients to block it
outright for the same reason.

It's primarily a policy concern.  Either you want to allow remote access or
you don't.  If you do want to allow remote access, then GoToMyPC is a very
nice and very well-supported application choice that can be installed and
used by a novice.  The ongoing cost of GoToMyPC is only slightly higher than
the support and maintenance costs of doing it yourself via VPN and VNC, and
is much more usable (IMHO).  The two-year cost is lower than pcAnywhere when
initial setup and ongoing support are factored-in, plus GoToMyPC is better
supported (every try to get support from Symantec?) and "nicer" and more
convenient to use.

GoToMyPC does encrypt traffic, requires two separate passwords to connect to
a host, plus optionally a valid Windows logon/password on the host.  This is
accomplished without drilling holes through your firewall and/or installing
or configuring ad hoc VPN connections between the remote and the host.  In
fact, the GoToMyPC remote can be a kiosk or Internet café machine -- it
doesn't have to be a notebook or home computer.

____________________________________________________________
DBM Associates * Mark A. Medici * Senior Consulting Engineer
Whitehouse Station, NJ USA * +1 908-534-1665
mark () dbma com * http://www.dbma.com
-----Original Message-----
From: pcannon9 () comcast net [mailto:pcannon9 () comcast net]
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2004 3:40 PM
To: pcannon9 () comcast net
Cc: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: GOTOMYPC Corporate?

When the issue came up here last year my concerns were similiar to yours.

I did the same think you suggested, vpn with vnc, then null routed the
gotomypc servers outbound in case someone installed it locally.

Pat Cannon
Network Administrator
Transcentive
So what is the general consensus on GOTOMYPC Corporate?

Personally, I don't have alot of trust or warm and fuzzy feelings about
it,
due to the risks it poses, and the possible potential of PHI
(Private/Personal Health Information), and Financial data being leaked
out.
As well as the concerns with it pertaining to HIPAA compliancy.

What is everyones elses feelings on it?

Personally, I would rather have them come in on a VPN client, and use a
internal VNC (or other remote desktop) solution.

Scott C. Swenka
Network Security
Sun Health Corporation



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