Instant Netcat Starter [Instant]

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Learn in an Instant - Short, Fast, Focused
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  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Downloading, compiling, and installing Netcat on Windows and Linux platforms
  • Establish a raw network connection so you can understand how Netcat processes information using a simplistic chat interface
  • Establish and maintain a remote shell / back door on various operating systems

Book Details

Language : English
eBook : 64 pages
Release Date : January 2013
ISBN : 184951996X
ISBN 13 : 9781849519960
Author(s) : K.C. Yerrid
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Instant, Networking and Servers, Security and Testing, Networking & Telephony, Open Source

Table of Contents

Instant Netcat Starter
  • Instant Netcat Starter
    • So, what is Netcat?
      • Common uses for Netcat
    • Installation
      • For all supported platforms
        • Step 1 – what do I need?
      • For Windows installations
        • Step 2 – downloading Netcat from the Internet
        • Step 3 – extracting Netcat from ZIP archive
        • Step 4 – verifying program operation
      • For Linux/Unix installations (Unix Netcat Installation)
        • Step 2 – downloading Netcat from the Internet
        • Step 3 – installing Unix Netcat
        • Step 4 – verifying program operation
      • For Linux/Unix installations (GNU Netcat Installation)
        • Step 2 – downloading GNU Netcat from the Internet
        • Step 3 – compiling and installing GNU Netcat
        • Step 4 – verifying program operation
      • Nmap Project's Ncat (All distributions)
      • And that's it
    • Quick start – the basics of Netcat
      • Step 1 – using Netcat for a simple chat interface
      • Step 2 – transferring data with Netcat
      • Step 3 – banner grabbing with Netcat
    • Top 3 features you'll want to know about
      • Using Netcat to get a remote shell on a target computer
        • Windows remote shell (and simple post-exploitation hi-jinks)
        • Linux remote shell
      • Port scanning with Netcat
        • Basic port scanning against a target
        • Randomized port scanning against a target
        • More verbose scanning against a target
        • Scanning a range of devices with a script
      • Other key Netcat switches
    • People and places you should get to know
      • Official sites
      • Articles and tutorials
      • Blogs and websites
      • Twitter

K.C. Yerrid

K.C. Yerrid has built his career through hard work, efficiency, and sheer determination. He can be described as an information security thought leader and a highly-adaptable resource that solidifies the structure of information security organizations. Brandishing an entrepreneurial spirit, he demonstrates a passionate energy for assisting customers and stakeholders in challenging environments. He is fiscally conscious and subscribes to optimizing existing investments before procuring "blinky-light solutions". He is also highly driven by organizational goals and utilizes both creativity and analytical skills to arrive at sustainable tactical and strategic solutions. He approaches each business challenge as a unique opportunity to leverage sound strategic decision-making, creative problem solving, and measured risk-taking to deliver the bottom-line results that drive shareholder returns on investment. K.C. Yerrid holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, a Masters degree in Information Systems Management, as well as a Masters degree in Business Administration, and is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Organizational Management within Information Technology. He currently holds the CISSP, CISM, and CEH certifications. He has represented organizations in the manufacturing, finance and banking, retail, and technology consulting industries, and is a founding member of the Security Awareness Training Framework (
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What you will learn from this book

  • Locate the various distributions of Netcat, including the original “Hobbit” version, GNU Netcat, and Ncat
  • Install the utility on Windows and Linux distributions
  • Understand the differences between the listening mode and the client mode and when you should use one over the other
  • Establish a simplistic chat interface between two computers
  • Use Netcat to establish a remote shell on Windows systems
  • How to Portscan with Netcat
  • Learn about file transfers within Netcat
  • Perform banner grabbing of services

In Detail

As a featured networking utility, Netcat uses TCP/IP protocols to read and write data across network connections. Netcat is a feature rich backend network debugging and exploration tool with the ability to create almost any type of connection you would need.

"Instant Netcat Starter" is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with a simple and straightforward roadmap to proceed from newbie to seasoned professional with the Netcat utility. By progressing from simple to more complex uses, this book will inform and explain many of the primary use cases that are only limited by your imagination.

This book explores the classic Netcat utility, and breaks down the common ways in which it can be utilized in the field. Beginning with compilation and installation, this book quickly has you utilizing the core features of the utility to perform file transfers regardless of commonly blocked firewall ports, perform real-world interrogation of services and listening ports to discover the true intention of an application or service, and tunnelling remotely into systems to produce remote command shells.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks.


Who this book is for

This book is for IT professionals who have no previous experience with Netcat but need to understand it quickly and easily.


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