How Netcat Can Be Used During a Pentest
This shell service is limited; some commands will work and others will not. Windows shell access has a similar limited command structure, and in this article, I will explore how to navigate shell access and give some interesting tips as well.
Most common use for Netcat when it comes to hacking is setting up reverse and bind shells, piping and redirecting network traffic, port listening, debugging programs and scripts and banner grabbing.
A useful feature of Netcat is the ability to connect to a service in an attempt to identify version information by triggering a response from the service banner. Banner grabbing can be applied to many different services.