I set up an SSH encrypted reverse VNC connection to allow myself to remote into my parents' PC (running Ubuntu) when assistance is needed. A reverse VNC connection was necessary in this case for a number of reasons:
- Parents' PC was behind a NAT – and I didn't want to set up port forwarding on their router.
- My router has already been set up correctly for this to work.
Here's how I did it:
On (my) helpdesk PC (the PC that will control parents' PC), start
vncviewerin listen mode:
helpdeskpc:~$ vncviewer -listen Tue Aug 30 21:15:24 2011 main: Listening on port 5500
On parents' PC, run this command:
noobpc:~$ ssh -t -L 5500:helpdeskpc:5500 localhost 'x11vnc -display :0 -connect helpdeskpc'
First of all, Have I correctly encrypted my reverse VNC connection?
If so, here is the more interesting question: Being a paranoid person, how can I prove to myself that the VNC connection is indeed going through the SSH tunnel? I can't make heads/tails of the
What other tools can I use to verify that the VNC connection is using the SSH tunnel correctly?