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Hamachi Cross-Platform VPN




Hamachi Cross-Platform VPN
Hamachi Cross-Platform VPN



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=== CONTENTS ==================================================
IN FOCUS: Hamachi Cross-Platform VPN

NEWS AND FEATURES
   - GoDaddy.com Abuse Policy Takes SecLists.Org Offline
   - Researchers Find Fault with Extended Validation Certificates
   - Recent Security Vulnerabilities

GIVE AND TAKE
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=== IN FOCUS: Hamachi Cross-Platform VPN ======================   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

Last week, I discussed Microsoft's Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol 
(SSTP) VPN technology, which will debut as part of Windows Vista 
Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Longhorn Server Beta 3. The VPN will work over 
standard Web ports and ease client-to-server connectivity. If you 
missed that editorial, you can read it at
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This week, I learned about another VPN technology that I hadn't heard 
of before. LogMeIn Hamachi is a relatively simple tool that lets you 
connect systems together to build a VPN where such connectivity might 
not otherwise be possible. 

A couple really great features of Hamachi make it a very useful tool. 
The first is that it runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 
2003, Linux, and Mac OS X. The second interesting feature is that it's 
a UDP-based VPN technology, where most other VPNs are TCP-based. 
Because it's UDP-based, it can work in networks where other VPNs might 
not because it can traverse some overly restrictive policies and can 
operate behind networks that use Network Address Translation (NAT). 

The real "magic" of Hamachi is that it takes advantage of UDP 
operational characteristics. As you know, in order for TCP connections 
to take place, ports need to be open on firewalls, and when NAT is in 
use (with or without a firewall), the NAT router needs to forward 
traffic to the proper endpoint. In contrast, a NAT device (and 
sometimes a firewall) can be coaxed into accepting UDP traffic even 
when specific rules don't exist to allow that traffic. 

To get an idea of how Hamachi works under the hood, we can take a look 
at the Skype VoIP technology because Skype also uses UDP to traverse 
NAT networks and firewalls. If you head over to the heise Security Web 
site, you'll find a very interesting article, "The hole trick," (at the 
URL below) that explains what's happening under the hood of a Skype 
client. If you read the article, you'll come away with an understanding 
that applies to Hamachi. 
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I've heard that Hamachi is especially useful for Windows administrators 
who need to use Microsoft Remote Desktop connectivity but can't due to 
restrictions on the network on which they happen to be at the moment, 
whether that network is at a hotel, conference center, library, coffee 
shop, or elsewhere. Hamachi can establish a VPN between two endpoints, 
and then Remote Desktop can be used over the Hamachi VPN. The same 
principle undoubtedly applies to many other tools that are useless 
without a VPN. 

There is at least one downside to Hamachi, though: It doesn't work when 
a system is behind a proxy server. Nevertheless, it looks like an 
incredibly useful tool and I intend to give it a try soon. You can 
learn more about it and download a copy at the URL below. 
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If you're interested in more technical, nitty-gritty details about how 
tools like Hamachi and Skype work, then take a look at RFC3489, "Simple 
Traversal of User Datagram Protocol Through Network Address 
Translators" at the URL below. The document explains the technique in 
considerable detail. 
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=== SECURITY NEWS AND FEATURES ================================
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Researchers Find Fault with Extended Validation Certificates
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=== GIVE AND TAKE =============================================
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