Wednesday, March 28, 2007

why 5900 is so popular

5900 according to the world's port standards belong to VNC.

Its just nasty that MS tries to take over that port from such a old, useful and beloved application.

In fact I'm not sure what memo went out, but both remote desktop services as well as virtual remote control actually both use the port as well. So thats even another conflict within the same platform. This means that remote access to your workstation and your virtual server services are not able to run in harmony until you change the detault ports.

So I am guessing that 5900 is actually the global remote access port and that all "remote" applications should use it with the only limitation is that you can't use 2 of any application at the same time without changing ports to non standard ports.

Yuck Yuck Yuck.

On the point of non standard ports, I asked a network administrator why do people change their ports to use non standard ports. The answer as I heard was for security reasons.

And then I asked. whats the point when any hacker can still run a port scan and find out what services you are running and it would be more of an administrative hindrance when managing firewalls.

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