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Re: RDP, can it be done safely?
From: Jonathan Leigh <dantevios () gmail com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 16:43:37 -0500

"My question therefore is, can I turn on RDP safely, without exposing my
Windows server to risk of exploitation?"

Yes. As long as you setup terminal services correctly to only allow clients
that use encrypted RDP clients to log in it is relatively safe to allows
users RDP access. There is an option that allows people using unsafe,
unencrypted RDP clients to log in for legacy compatibility reasons, but it
would be bad to allow that. Make sure they have strong passwords because
most likely you will see in your logs people brute forcing logins to it
every day if you open it up to the WAN. I have seen multiple brute force
attempts to an SSH box I had setup remotely from my house, and I'm not even
running a business. You can set an account lockout policy for RDP to stop
them from attempting so much:
http://www.mobydisk.com/techres/securing_remote_desktop.html .

Now, you also have to take into account users computers at home are probably
not very sanitary, so there is also a risk of their passwords getting
sniffed by keyloggers from malware (especially if these people are so
enthusiastic about using windows). But as far as I know over the wire RDP is
an encrypted protocol so the traffic is safe from being sniffed. If the data
is too sensitive I wouldn't do it myself, but if you're at joe smoe's small
business I'd say go for it.

On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Daniel Sichel <daniels () ponderosatel com>wrote:





We have a boneheaded group of software developers who even in this day and
age eschew the client server model of software for the easier dumber run it
from the console school of design. So I have this idiotic Windows accounting
application that MUST run on an application server, cannot be run from a
client.  Rather than have my accounting department log in directly to the
physical box, I would like to have them use some flavor of terminal services
on my Windows server. My question therefore is, can I turn on RDP safely,
without exposing my Windows server to risk of exploitation?



Thanks for any help you can give.



Dan S.



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