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 counter-intuitive, 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 Virtual Network Computing (VNC) [archive] by default is unencrypted / unauthenticated. Possible methods:

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


It is suggested to utilize software that does not require the User Datagram Protocol (UDP), for the following reason.

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.


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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. For an overview of Remmina features, see here [archive].

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 is complete.

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

See Also[edit]

Help Wanted[edit]

Please contribute by helping to create full working instructions in Whonix! See: add user documentation for Remote Administration, Keystroke Fingerprinting, Stylometry [archive].

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