Another user is trying to view your desktop.

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Another user is trying to view your desktop.

Postby brainman on Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:47 am

I am new to linux and Mint. Having recently installed it on a 6yr old lenovo laptop every week or two I receive a worrying popup message:

"Another user is trying to view your desktop.
A user on the computer 'host172.giga-106.khakasnet.ru' is trying to remotely view or control your desktop.
Do you want to allow them to do so?"

This I always refuse. However, it looks like a security risk. I am on a home wireless network with a BT Homehub router in the UK which as far as I know runs the default security settings.

Googling and then viewing the website with the above host172... address brings me to a suspicious look "HP Sotorageworks ..." website.

Any advice on how to make my laptop/router more secure to avoid this would be very welcome.

Thanks
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Re: Another user is trying to view your desktop.

Postby daveinuk on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:06 am

Are you dual booting with windows ? Might be worth having a look here - there's a few suggestions to go at, it's off the ubuntu forums but still applies to mint
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1387938

definintely refuse it until you know what it is and change your pass(es) as per the link, better safe than sorry.
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Re: Another user is trying to view your desktop.

Postby dee. on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:24 am

Try setting up the Firewall to block all incoming traffic from that address.
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Re: Another user is trying to view your desktop.

Postby bb333 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:14 am

Your system is still secure as long as you refused those connections.

Turn off vnc:
viewtopic.php?f=110&t=109751

Code: Select all
$ vino-preferences


and

Control Center -> Start up applications -> Turn off anything that says "desktop sharing"
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