I have read several sources indicating that RDP may have some vulnerabilities. Without delving into that, is RDP wrapper any more or less secure than the built-in RDP, when it is enabled?

I read several sources, including (see below) 1) this, 2) this, and others. Many mention security issues with RDP Wrapper.
On one hand, I am not certain about possible bias. As an example, anyviewer.com is a site that provides "A safe alternative to RDP wrapper" ("here we recommend AnyViewer")... That is at least an orange light for bias. Likewise, I wouldn't know about ncomputing.
On the other hand, and assuming the technical arguments behind the issues mentioned are correct, they do not mention if those same issues are or are not present with the built-in RDP, when it is not disabled. So this is another route for concealing potential bias against RDP Wrapper.

In the example links:

  1. "RDP Wrapper adds a weakness to the system by opening a gateway". Does the built-in RDP not open a gateway? Is there a complementary way to avoid this?
  2. "It opens a gateway..." Similarly, does the built-in RDP not open a gateway?
    "Windows security update breaks RDP Wrapper" This is a reference to non-specified sources, and it does not specify which updates break RDPW.
    "ServHelper is an example of malware..." It does not clarify, nor does it provide references, on whether using RDPW leaves the system in a state more vulnerable to ServHelper than the built-in RDP.
    My conclusion is that this is a very sloppy description, of possibly relevant information... but I don't know.


  1. Project README. I don't see any clear indication of vulnerability issues. I wouldn't expect them to be listed upfront in their own site, anyway.

I.e., is there any known (versus potential) added, or suppressed, vulnerability brought about by RDP Wrapper, that would not be present in a similar (even if not exactly the same) system with the built-in RDP, when it is enabled?
I am using Windows 11, in case the OS is of any relevance for the question.

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    I'm not sure about the comparison with built-in RDP. From my understanding RDP wrapper just makes the built-in RDP usable on systems where it is not enabled due to license restrictions. So the security issues which are already present in the built-in RDP are now exposed to potential attackers. Sep 2, 2022 at 11:47
  • @SteffenUllrich - I am not sure I understand. From what you say, I guess you mean that there are no differences in vulnerability between: 1) a system which has a built-in RDP which is factory-enabled and operative, and 2) a system which has a built-in RDP which is not factory-enabled, but which uses RDP wrapper. I.e., in case 1 all "the security issues which are already present in the built-in RDP" will be equally "exposed to potential attackers" as in case 2. But nothing more than that (this is the important part). Is that correct? Sep 2, 2022 at 12:41
  • So ... your question is just asking for confirmation of the security issues you already knew about? That's not how your question is phrased.
    – schroeder
    Sep 2, 2022 at 14:22
  • @schroeder - I don't see it that way... I edited the OP to reflect this exchange, and clear a little the clutter. 1) There were no issues I knew about. As I said, the links I read didn't seem to me clearly unbiased. 2) The links didn't delve into the difference RDP vs. RDP Wrapper. Hopefully this clarifies my point of view. Sep 2, 2022 at 14:38
  • So, you knew about them, but questioned the bias of the articles? Did you check their assertions? Adding that prior research would have been just as helpful as your addition that you had read about vulnerabilities in RDP itself ... Are you not clear about what RDP Wrapper does, then? I'm just not getting the sense that you've looked into this. And it doesn't look like you've properly read the articles you linked.
    – schroeder
    Sep 2, 2022 at 15:03

2 Answers 2


RDP Wrapper replaces a Windows OS DLL file with an alternate DLL in order to enable built-in RDP.


  • whatever vulnerabilities RDP has, you expose when you use RDP Wrapper to enable RDP
  • you expose the device to whatever vulnerabilities this custom DLL might have (note that the program was last updated in 2017)

Might RDP Wrapper fix any RDP vulnerabilities inherent with RDP because it replaces a DLL? No. It doesn't replace the Remote Desktop/Terminal Services DLL.

All this information is found in the links you provided and in the notes for the project itself.

  • I edited the OP. I am surely missing something. 1) I am not seeing in the README (and I acknowledge I read it before with less detail than now) a dll that is replaced. Would you mind quoting it? I am only seeing an extra rdpwrap.dll. 2) "... whatever vulnerabilities this custom DLL might have..." Agreed 100%, in potential terms. But this doesn't mean there is any so far identified. Whether one is willing to take the risk for that potential extra vulnerability is a different topic. So far, I still don't find the question is answered... Sep 2, 2022 at 16:19
  • Oh, are you asking if there are known vulnerabilities in the program? You didn't ask for that, and that's off-topic (as the answer to that can change from day to day). The general, applicable principle is that a 5 yr old, unmaintained program introduces both the risk of vulnerabilities and the risk that even if one was found, it would not be fixed. I'm not sure why one would need more than that, even if there were known and named vulnerabilities. This answers your question.
    – schroeder
    Sep 2, 2022 at 22:41
  • I value the contribution of knowledgeable people like you for the community. But in this case I still disagree... 1) In the boldfaced question I am asking exactly what you say. Do you mean I should have added the word "known" vulnerability, so people don't confuse it with "potential"? I guess that is very evident. 2) "That can change day to day". This argument sort of surprises me. I guess that applies to most answers to any question, if not 100%. Sep 4, 2022 at 8:39
  • 3) "The general..." may be an acceptable answer, for an acceptable question. Which, against the lack of knowledge of "specific", "known" vulnerabilities (which for me is the clear target of the question), may help one deciding whether to use it, and when. But why thinking it obliterates any other possible answer from people who may "know" about "specific" cases? I think shutting down an OP on this basis is kind of absolutistic. 4) I still don't see which Windows OS DLL is replaced by RDPW. That is specific info that is useful (even if not answering directly the question). Sep 4, 2022 at 8:47
  • If anyone asks "what known vulnerabilities does this have?" It's off-topic because the answer could change which each new discovered vulnerability. This is a long-standing rule here. It's the same problem with the question "what product/service does X?" They don't "age" well. It's not about being 100% accurate, it's about the changeable nature of the subject.
    – schroeder
    Sep 4, 2022 at 8:47

It does not replace the DLL, but it does intercept a DLL and alter its functionality, which is virtually the same thing for the purposes of addressing a security related question. I agree with your views in your response to Schroeder, but I think the reasoning is cultural. The job of help desk is to solve peoples problems and offer an answer ASAP. The job of Dev Ops is to provide solutions to end users and solve problems without causing more damage than good. The job of security, however is to ensure the network is secure. So you got the right security answer from Schroeder, but you didn't like it because you wanted a Dev Ops or Help Desk answer (as do I). Understanding the different teams and their missions will help you play nice with your team better. Its all about perspective. Check out the link below to see how you can edit the DLL instead of throwing a wrapper over it since that would be more secure - I am investigating that today. I wish you the best in that and in your professional development. Best of luck!


"The RDP Wrapper Library OpenSource project allows you to enable multiple RDP sessions on Windows 10 without replacing the termsrv.dll file. This tool works as a layer between SCM (Service Control Manager) and the Remote Desktop Services. RDPWrap allows you to enable not only support for multiple simultaneous RDP connections but also to build an RDP server on Windows Home editions. RDP Wrapper doesn’t make any changes to the termsrv.dll file, it’s just loading termsrv library with the changed parameters."

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