Thursday, August 31

SSL Explorer

While researching open source anti-virus solutions, I ran across ssl explorer from 3sp. SSL explorer - Community Edition is a free (as in beer) desktop-over-HTTPS tool. The tool allows for remote management of desktops, servers and intranet resources.

I just finished watching their online Flash demonstrations and I am quite impressed. From their site:
SSL-Explorer is the world's first open-source, browser-based SSL VPN solution. This unique remote access solution provides users and businesses alike with a means of securely accessing network resources from outside the network perimeter using only a standard web browser.
While the tool looks great, their self definition is not completely correct. SSL VPN - that's a problem. According to the text Protecting Your Windows Network, in order to be considered a VPN a tool must:
"authenticate the end user and assign the remote node and IP address routable on the local network" p. 202.
A few more notables:
1. you do not get two factor authentication with the community edition.
2. you can register for a full featured VMware appliance running in enterprise mode here.

Visit the ssl explorer page here.
And on SourceForge here.

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