Sneak Preview: Secret Server Launcher for Mac

11 09 2012

The Thycotic Dev Team is hard at work with new functionality for Mac!  While I don’t have all the details, I do have a few items I can share.  Currently, we’re looking at an “end-of-Q4 2012” release date.  This date may slip, but it’s accurate for now.

Details I can share:

  • The Launcher will support Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome.
  • The underlying technology uses is a NPAPI plugin. A quick install of a plugin is all it takes to enable the launcher for Mac.
  • Will support SSH and a built-in SSH client will be used.
  • Will support Microsoft Remote Desktop provided the Mac Remote Desktop application is installed.  See Figure 1 for the screenshot of Remote Desktop.  Figure 2 shows the Launcher Helper application in Firefox.

Figure 1

Figure 2

Features due out after the initial release (available in later updates):

  • Custom Launchers will be available in a subsequent update.  Remote Desktop and SSH will be the only launchers supported initially.
  • Session Recording functionality will be available in a subsequent updates.

The Dev Team is interested in hearing your comments, please post your questions and thoughts below!





Sneak Peak: Dashboard

17 02 2011

We will soon be releasing a new user interface as a replacement for the Home page, called “Dashboard”. Dashboard is a modern approach to displaying and managing data, one best described as an “interactive console” approach. Central to the idea of a “console” is the ability to drag and drop different components on the screen. Dashboard implements a widget based system which allows fluid customization of data, reports and the functionality shown. Dashboard will be part of the next release, 7.3.





Sneak Peek: PuTTY Launcher

11 09 2008

putty1 One of a system administrator’s must-have items in his toolbox is PuTTY. PuTTY is a small, lightweight program that is perfect for telnet and SSH connections. It doesn’t require any installation, it’s just a single EXE file and you’re good to go.

A feature of Secret Server that I personally have always found extremely useful is the launching capability that we introduced with Remote Desktop. It’s very handy for starting Remote Desktop sessions. We decided to take it a step further and extend this functionality to PuTTY.

An initial obstacle that needed to be overcome was figuring out how to make sure PuTTY was on the client’s machine. The creators of PuTTY are generous, and fortunately they allow us to distribute PuTTY with Secret Server. Since the Remote Launcher capability is a Microsoft ClickOnce application, it seemed reasonable to distribute PuTTY with our application. This would avoid the need for users having to tell our application where to look for PuTTY, or us requiring that you have it in a certain location on the machine.

putty2 However, PuTTY is 500 kilobytes, and the initial application was a mere 12 kilobytes. 500K is small in today’s high tech world, but to reduce corporate bandwidth use, we only distribute it when you need it for the first time. That means when you make your first launch of PuTTY, we’ll download the application for you from your Secret Server installation, thus not needing an outside Internet connection, but after that it’s cached so you only need to download it once.

putty3Once PuTTY is downloaded successfully, the application will automatically start already logged in at the prompt. For the first release of the PuTTY launcher, we will only support SSH.

If you want to see additional launchers built into Secret Server, make sure you stop by our forums and let us know!

– Kevin





Sneak Peek – Secret Server 5.0 and Searching Fields

6 07 2008

Secret Server 5.0 is currently under development, and one of the features that we know for sure that will be in 5.0 is searching Secret Fields. This has been a popular request. We had several obstacles to achieve this, and we have implemented a solution that is secure but effective.

screenshotThe search works by Secret Server creating an index catalog for search terms for each and every secret. This runs as a background process. Secret Server will then start indexing all existing Secrets in your installation, and maintain indexes for secrets as they are changed.

The indexing service allows two different modes of indexing. The standard mode, which allows you to search on whole words. The Extended Indexing option allows searching on part of a word with a precision of 3 characters. For example, "sec" would make a field with the value of "Secret", as would "secre".

Stay tuned for more features coming in Secret Server 5.0!

– Kevin





Secret Server 4.1 coming – visual keyboard

24 02 2008

Here is a new feature coming in Secret Server 4.1 – it is the visual keyboard and is a configurable option for the login screen. 

visualkeyboard

It is designed to thwart malware such as keyloggers which could be running on a public computer and could capture your password if you entered it using the keyboard.  The visual keyboard uses a different random alternate character set each time it is loaded – this means that when you click "a" it may type "3" in the password textbox – the garbled password is reconstituted on the server side when you login.  By using a garbled password then the HTTP POST back to the server if even further protected (and should be protected again by using SSL on your Secret Server installation).

Look for more sneak peeks soon as we approach the release date for Secret Server 4.1 which will be 3/14/2008 – specifically there will screenshots of the new role-based security and the launcher (launch Remote Desktop from Secret Server!).

–Jonathan





Remote Desktop – peek into the future …

13 12 2007

Here is a teaser trailer showing automatic opening of Remote Desktop from a secret in Secret Server.

 

Watch movie (Remote Desktop from Internet Explorer)

Watch movie (Remote Desktop from Firefox)

 

There are some technical difficulties in getting Remote Desktop to work like this since it encrypts the password in the .rdp file in a machine/user specific way.

This feature is unlikely to be ready for the Secret Server 4.0 release but should come in an update soon after.

–Jonathan





Secret Server to support theming in 4.0

16 11 2007

One of the most requested features in Secret Server is theming. I have seen several customers skin Secret Server to fit their company’s colors and logo. The only down side to that is, when Secret Server is updated, all of those nice changes were lost. A feature that we will be releasing soon is Custom Themes. It goes beyond just changing the style and images. We designed it to allow the administrator to create their own themes for Secret Server. The Administrator has the choice of allowing users to specify their own theme, or force a global theme. Here is a sample theme that we have been playing around with to prove that anything is possible!

We don’t plan on actually shipping Secret Server with this theme :-)

 

 

 

– Kevin








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