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Old 03-24-2004, 01:07 PM   #1
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I am brand new to linux. Week 2. I am running Red Hat 9.0 with IceWM.

I have successfully installed VNC and can connect from my Windows PC at work.

Someone suggested that I use SSH, So I downloaded the Putty client and followed the instructions.

I can now ssh to my linux box, login, start VNC and launch a localhost VNC session on the forwarded port from my Windows PC at work

The only problem is I can still connect with VNC on the port that I was originally connecting to without SSH

This is the content of my /etc/sysconfig/iptables

:RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT - [0:0]
-A INPUT -j RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT
-A FORWARD -j RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p udp -m udp -s 0/0 --sport 67:68 -d 0/0 --dport 67:68 -i eth0 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p udp -m udp -s 0/0 --sport 67:68 -d 0/0 --dport 67:68 -i eth1 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 22 --syn -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 0:1023 --syn -j REJECT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 2049 --syn -j REJECT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 0:20 -j REJECT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 22:1023 -j REJECT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 2049 -j REJECT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 6000:6009 --syn -j REJECT
-A RH-Lokkit-0-50-INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 7100 --syn -j REJECT

What am I missing? What do I need to do on my Linux machine to block non tunnel access to VNC ?

Old 03-27-2004, 10:27 AM   #2
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Old 03-27-2004, 10:49 AM   #3
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There isn't much point blocking direct access to the vnc service, the ssh tunnel can only protest against "man in the middle" attacks.
Old 03-28-2004, 08:30 PM   #4
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I don't understand what that means. Can you explain?
Old 03-28-2004, 09:13 PM   #5
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Hmm, I remember reading something about this in the TightVNC documentation I have bookmarked. I'll point you to the website:

Personally I do it through cygwin on my computer. I use the following lines in my cygwin xterm.
ssh -CL 5902:localhost:5901 <mylinuxbox>
Then at my bash prompt I start the vncserver (figure it's safer to only run this when I actually use it). I open the TightVNC viewer connecting to.
Bam, I'm tunneling through ssh. I finish playing in my xfce environment, and then shutdown the vncserver, and close the ssh connection.

I hope this helps.

Last edited by statmobile; 03-28-2004 at 09:15 PM.
Old 03-29-2004, 05:53 AM   #6
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ok, thanks statmobile. That's what I am doing. I guess I thought I could always leave it running and say, in your example, not be able to connect via 5901


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