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Platforms that allow for remote scan of user's hard drive?

I know ActiveX makes this possible (e.g., Trend Micro's HouseCall) - Any others out there besides ActiveX?
Jason
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
 
 
The product you mentioned (HouseCall) can use signed Java instead of ActiveX (http://www.trendmicro.com/hc_intro/default.asp), so I'd imagine that could work for you, too.
Bill Foecke Send private email
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
 
 
ActiveX is just a DLL, so it sounds like you're actually asking for the easiest way to get code onto a user's computer.

I've seen some administrative apps that offer 'remote execution'.  I've thought about how they do this for a long time and my best guess is they are administrators in a windows domain, install a service on the remote computer (the service executable resides on a management server).  They then start the remote service which downloads the payload exe, runs it, deletes it when done, and then removes the service.

If there are other ways, I'm not aware of them.
PA Send private email
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
 
 
Two other possibilities: Scanning via the administrative share (ie \\USERPC\C$) and putting code into a user login script.  These are all obviously geared towards a PC on a LAN.  For over the Internet, I think .NET has some sort of OneClick install.
PA Send private email
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
 
 
You might be able to do it with a signed Java applet
Arethuza Send private email
Thursday, June 15, 2006
 
 
If you are looking for pure remote scanning, whereby a random user logs into your site and starts a scan, then I think the most common technology is ActiveX. An ActiveX control is really not much different for a standard DLL on your PC, or for that matter even a standard EXE, it's just that it runs out of your browser. There are a bunch of compatability problems involved (I think Firefox, for one, does not support ActiveX, but I may be wrong), and also security issues such as people running IE with ActiveX disabled or not having admin permissions on their PC to allow a control to install.
Simon@AutoUpdate+ Send private email
Thursday, June 15, 2006
 
 
Thanks everyone, this was very helpful.  Looks like it'd be better to go with an exe.
Jason
Friday, June 16, 2006
 
 
Find the source code for a virus.
not that i encourage viruses
Friday, June 16, 2006
 
 
Take a look at how some of the free online AV scanners work that launch from a browser.
Cymen
Thursday, June 22, 2006
 
 
Whoops, that brought us full circle. Nevermind!
Cymen
Thursday, June 22, 2006
 
 

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