I recently had a malware issue called "mysearchdial" that installed itself into my home computer's browser because someone didn't pay attention to what they were installing.

I RDP'd into my work computer before this malware was completely removed, and I found that this malware had spread to my browsers at my work PC. Now, this could have been and probably was some sort of browser sync across computers, but it really raised the concern, what am I risking when I RDP to my work PC from my personal computer through a VPN? Is malware easily transferable through that connection?

  • Depends on how your company handles it and how you have your client setup. Do you have sharing of resources(hdds, printers) on your client when you connect? Do you connect via Native RDP (mstsc.exe) or through some sort of Java client? – Andrew Alaniz Mar 18 '14 at 14:59
  • It is native RDP. – GarrettJ Apr 7 '14 at 21:03

While "RDP"ing you have two very different and separates scenarios, it is very hard for a malware (crapware, virus, trojan...) to infect the RDP client (or server) machine, the only way is exploiting the RDP connection so it exploit the client through a malformed packet and manages to install in the new machine.

I have never seen that and I believe exploiting that is complex enough for most malware not to try to research into that scenario (very poor ROI).

As you have pointed out the most probable cause is the automatic sync between browsers.

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