VNC as spyware on TV

A. John Peters ajpeters "at" otg-systems.com
Tue, 26 Jun 2001 14:39:34 +0000


Also, netmeeting requres an ILS server.  Everyone has to authenticate to
this server and then they can connect to another desktop.

For my money, Netmeeting tries to do too many things in one package, but
this way of doing things seems popular with the general public.

John

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At 12:53 PM 6/25/2001, David Brodbeck wrote:
>Netmeeting uses TCP, I think.  However, typically of Microsoft, it picks
>essentially random port numbers.  The official line is apparently that
>you're supposed to open something like ports 1024 through 65,000 inclusive
>if you want to make it work.  No thanks.

Actually, it uses H.323, which just happens to piggy-back on
TCP/IP.  Unfortunately, for some good though currently proving
short-sighted reasons, H.323 is a complete protocol which negotiates ports
on the fly, and does that negotiating through an encrypted channel. That's
not Microsoft's fault, except for using it... but, it does play pretty
poorly next to VNC's "single port" desktop access.

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