Remote Administration

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Remote administration of any system should be considered a potential anonymity hazard, since it is not under the user's physical protection and could be compromised. Although counterintuitive, it is necessary to follow all relevant recommendations in the Surfing Posting Blogging chapter to stay safe:

At a minimum, check the connection is encrypted / authenticated, because VNC by default is unencrypted / unauthenticated. Possible methods:

  • Perhaps by tunneling VNC through SSH; or
  • Running VNC through a Tor Onion Service; or
  • Using both SSH and an Onion Service, for stronger encryption and authentication.
  • Onion Services Authentication


You might be better off using something that does not require UDP, because...

Ambox notice.png The Tor software does not yet support UDP, [1] although Tor provides a DnsPort.

If UDP is urgently required in Whonix ™, a limited workaround is provided. For the most secure method, see Tunnel UDP over Tor.


It is possible to remotely administer any operating system with GNU/Linux by using the Remmina [archive] desktop client. Remmina supports multiple network protocols, including RDP, VNC, SPICE, NX, XDMCP, SSH and EXEC.

Note there are two separate Debian packages:

  • remmina: the main GTK+ application.
  • remmina-plugins: a set of plugins to support various network protocols.

Install remmina.

1. Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

2. Upgrade the system.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

3. Install the remmina package.

sudo apt-get install remmina

The procedure of installing remmina complete.

If you are interested in using Remmina, please first search the forums for this topic: [archive]

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