G.ho.st

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When I first read about G.ho.st the other day, the system admin part of me wondered if an on-line virtual computer could be the end of blocking IM, web-mail and social networking, because anyone with a little smarts could figure out to go to the VM, login, and use that to “browse” to all the sites that are normally blocked through the work network.

So, since we just so happen to be testing some new web-filtering stuff at work, I went over and took a look. It’s not exactly what I expected. Seems the VC uses Flash within the browser, so it takes the browser settings with it. For example, even from within the Ghost VC, our software blocked access to Meebo. I got the same error page I would get simply going there in IE.

Of course, this is an Alpha product, and I haven’t been able to get logged into any web mail account using G.ho.st’s Flash based web browser, so I don’t actually know if that would be blocked or not, but I suspect, given my experience with Meebo, that it would be.

Has anyone else gotten further along in using G.ho.st? I’m curious to know how it works for you, and if you see some network security end-arounds that we should be worried about.

Tags: G.ho.st, VirtualComputing, Webfiltering

3 Responses

  1. Kreg
    | Reply

    Hey, check this one out…Cornelios. I have seen it a lot coming through my Open Source feeds. Works pretty good, and the license is OSI approved.

  2. Tareq
    | Reply

    Hi,

    Currently Meebo is launched through an i-frame within Ghost without being proxied. As a result, the behavior with regards to filtering is not changed. However, Ghost will soon launch such applications through its own proxy server which will certainly produce the required behavior in terms of isolating such services from the corporate network and eliminating the blockage.

    Tareq@G.ho.st

  3. Clive Fernandes
    | Reply

    G.ho.st is surely a great concept. I don’t know much about the technical aspect of G.ho.st but its functionality excites me.. I saw an interview of its creator, Zvi Schreiber. You can read about the man himself and his aims to ultimately move the whole computer onto the web at Los Creador – http://www.loscreador.com/2007/05/29/interview-with-the-ghost-zvi-schreiber

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