Re: vncts, opened firewall but connections keep getting reset

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I only vnc from computers within my network/behind my firewall. I never do it over the internet - I just do regular  command ssh sessions for that. This is a home network and I trust everybody here... they wouldn't try any malicious. If they do, I would just kick them out my house. I'm having a difficult enough time getting this work without ssh and I'm thinking encryption would slow things down from what is already a bogged down home network or streaming music and video and constant large-file downloads... I don't think the ssh is neccesary if the communications are all local to my network.

I'm still having problems figuring out this vncts setup though? What's the path to the relevant log files? Is there a test I can perform to find out if the ports on the firewall are open ok for this? My /etc/sysconfig/iptables file includes this line to open those ports:
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 5900:5905 -j ACCEPT

Is this proper? The /etc/xinetd.d/vncts file says to add localhost to the /etc/X11/xdm/Xaccess There was no Xaccess file in the /etc/X11/xdm/ folder so I created an Xaccess file and simply added the word localhost to it... but I suppose it's not that simple.


On Nov 27, 2007 10:38 PM, Frank Cox <[email protected]> wrote:
On Tue, 27 Nov 2007 22:04:00 -0500
Ferindo Middleton <[email protected]> wrote:

> I'm trying to open my FC8 server to allow VNC connections. I've opened ports
> 5900 - 5906 on firewall

This isn't a direct answer to your question, but you would be better off to
tunnel your vnc connection over ssh.  It's no more difficult to set up than
"regular" vnc and it's a lot more secure.

MELVILLE THEATRE ~ Melville Sask ~


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