How to Encrypt VNC Traffic with Putty

By default, VNC is not secure protocol.VNC uses encryption during initial connection and login (passwords are not sent in plain-text). Once, we connected then all the VNC data is unencrypted and hacker could sniff our VNC session. It is better (safer) to start VNC server only on 127.0.0.1(localhost) and tunnel it over secure SSH tunnel (For this,there are options in Putty).

In this example, I am using CentOS 6.2 as VNC server and VNC Viewer & PuTTY as VNC client on Windows 7.

On CentOS, edit /etc/sysconfig/vncservers file:

sudo nano /etc/sysconfig/vncservers

Add the option “-localhost“: Continue reading “How to Encrypt VNC Traffic with Putty” »

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How to Update SSH & MOTD Banner on CentOS 6

For legal reasons, Some people need to display a warning banner on their Linux machine before login so that a person requires to acknowledge the contents of the banner before entering the password. To do this, edit a/etc/issue.net file and fill it with the desired context.

Edit the  /etc/issue.net file:

sudo nano /etc/issue.net

001Here is mine banner as a sample, you can add your’s here:

#########################################################
# Authorized access only! # 
# Disconnect IMMEDIATELY if you are not an authorized user!!! #
# All actions Will be monitored and recorded #
###############################################################

Continue reading “How to Update SSH & MOTD Banner on CentOS 6” »

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Secure RDP connection through Vyatta using PuTTY

vyatta-rdpConnecting to SSH Server as gateway instead of directly RDP to a PC is safer way and add another layer ofencryption.With this method,we can connect to any client that is behind the firewall provided that we have open the port 22 (or any other SSH port) to the SSH Server.

In First step, we’ll configure the vyatta, so that it will forward the ssh request to the internal Linux server that it will receive on it’s port 222.

(From the Configuration Mode, issue these commands) Continue reading “Secure RDP connection through Vyatta using PuTTY” »

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