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RealVNC Becomes First and Only Remote Access Solution to Complete White Box Audit to Validate Security

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VNC Connect by RealVNC, the remote access service used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, was audited by Cure53, the Berlin, Germany-based IT security consultancy who have also audited other industry leading software such as Mozilla VPN, 1Password and Bitwarden. The comprehensive audit, which took 86 person days and included VNC Server and VNC Viewer on Linux, Windows and Mac, VNC Viewer for iOS and Android, the VNC Connect management portal and backend services, found 38 security-relevant discoveries, none of which were critical and only three were deemed high severity, and these were fixed immediately. The report states, in conclusion, that RealVNC places a strong focus on the security posture of all its components.

“As the technologists responsible for bringing remote access to the mass market, we are today setting new standards and expectations for security in the face of the challenges of the modern IT environment. IT buyers of remote access technologies should expect no less than independent and comprehensive third-party validation of vendor claims. This is especially true for remote access software where the stakes are high, and a mistake could be reputationally damaging or even existential. With Cure53’s report, buyers can be confident that choosing RealVNC as their remote access vendor will never be a regret,” said Adam Greenwood-Byrne, CEO of RealVNC.

A white box security audit is significantly more in-depth than the more common black box penetration test (which RealVNC also commissions by an external organization annually), as the auditors have access to all of the source code, binaries and API/protocol documentation. Of the 38 vulnerabilities found across the range of software and services tested, 32 have been properly addressed — with the fixes confirmed by Cure53 — while the other six were flagged as either false-alerts or works-as-intended and evaluated to be of lower risk.

“At RealVNC, we operate from the standpoint that no company should ever take a vendor’s word for it when they claim their software is secure, which is why we chose to complete a white box audit with a highly regarded security consultancy to prove it,” said Andrew Woodhouse, CIO of RealVNC.

The Cure53 team is highly motivated to find issues when completing white box penetration tests. The fact that no critical threats were found reinforces RealVNC’s focus on ensuring its customers remain safe from threats when using VNC Connect.

“Cure53 is happy to state that test preparation, test execution and also the fix verification, which is one of the most important parts of such an audit, went smoothly and professionally. It is clear that RealVNC has demonstrated a genuine interest in ensuring VNC Connect's security and is prepared and committed to maintaining the high standards we have observed,” said Dr.-Ing. Mario Heiderich, Founder of Cure53.

Headquartered in Cambridge, RealVNC's products for desktop, mobile and embedded platforms make it easy for users to access and operate devices remotely while enabling remote users to work with technicians to resolve problems easily.

“We’re not shying away from any of the issues the report found. We actively fixed issues as they came up and, as security is an ever changing landscape, we’ll continue to ensure the security of VNC Connect in future iterations of the service,” said Ben May, Head of Cyber Security at RealVNC.

To review Cure53's summary of the audit, click here, and to learn more about why RealVNC chose to conduct a Cure53 audit, click here.

ABOUT REALVNC

RealVNC’s secure remote access and management software is used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Their software helps organizations cut costs and improve the quality of supporting remote devices and applications, as well as enabling remote working. RealVNC is the original, UK-based, inventor of VNC remote access software and they support an unrivaled mix of desktop, mobile and embedded platforms.

ABOUT CURE53

Cure53 offers classic black-box penetration tests (zero-knowledge) as well as white-box tests and code audits. Web application and mobile app developers speak many languages and so do we. From classic languages such as PHP, JavaScript, ActionScript, Java, Ruby, Python and Perl to more exotic candidates like web back-ends written in C++ and Delphi – we've seen them.

Since Cure53 was founded in 2007, we have performed hundreds of penetration tests against all kinds of web applications, online services, hardware interfaces, mobile applications, libraries and crypto tools. We value manual and thorough tests, human interaction and communication and a short yet-to-the-point penetration test report without overhead or pie charts no one wants to see.

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