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How to securely control another Mac over the internet
Authored by: beaster on May 11, '05 07:38:26PM

Yes, sorry - when I sent in my original hint, ARD 2.1 was the latest release. I have however tried this with ARD 2.2 and got it to work. The only change I needed to make was actually setting and supplying a real password in the ARD config and the COTVNC client. For some reason ARD 2.1 didn't need a password, but ARD 2.2 does.

Regards,
Sean



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How to securely control another Mac over the internet
Authored by: jbgoode on Jun 15, '05 02:54:41PM
In 10.4 (Tiger), when I start the ARD service, it automatically opens several corresponding ports on the builtin firewall, and it doesn't appear that there's any way to get around that without manually changing the firewall rules.

OSXVnc has an option to force SSH by only accepting connections from localhost. This violates your builtin requirement, but better fills the secure requirement by only letting one port open on the builtin firewall.

Or maybe I'm missing something in the ARD preferences...

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How to securely control another Mac over the internet
Authored by: phatmatt on Jun 15, '05 07:05:41PM

If the "Dad" computer is behind a physical firewall (router) it doesn't really matter if the VNC software is opening up ports in the software since they won't propagate to the router.

That said, I like OSXvnc because I seem to crash the apple version fairly regularly. It can be restarted through ssh (if the ports are open) but that's annoying.



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