ncat Send and Receive Only

This week, I picked up the ncat series again and looked at broker mode for transferring files. In my example case, the file was just ASCII and was simple to examine to ensure that no stray bits of the transmission were accidentally stored in the outputfile. But what if the file had been an executable? Using the --recv-only and/or --send-only options ensures that a client or server doesn’t interject any stray packets into the network stream....

2016-11-12 · 1 min · Jon Mark Allen

Using ncat in Broker Mode

I was looking through the various options for ncat and came across an option I hadn’t seen before: Broker mode. After reading through the examples, I learned that the --chat mode is really just a special mode of connection brokering. In ncat, “brokering” a connection allows multiple connections to the same listening instance, and takes the input from one connection and send it as output to all the other connections. The ncat chat server adds labels to who said what to help keep the confusion down, but in every other way, it is simply a brokered connection....

2016-11-09 · 3 min · Jon Mark Allen

Restricting Connections to ncat

We’ve already seen the usefulness of ncat, including ncat SSL sessions and running chat servers. Now we address the potential issue of unintended users of our listening ncat sessions. Why would you want to limit access to an ncat listener? If you’re competing in a Capture the Flag event and you’ve managed to establish an ncat listener, it would be no good to take a host you worked so hard to gain and gice it away to the other competitors....

2016-04-08 · 2 min · Jon Mark Allen

Using ncat as a Chat Server

Sometimes a quick and easy channel for communication can come in handy. ncat has a nice option for just such a chat server. Start it up Start the server using the -l and --chat flags: ubahmapk@laptop:~ > ncat --chat -l -p 8888 Note that you will not see any of the chat traffic in this window, but if you add the -v flag, you will at least see the connections as they are established:...

2016-04-05 · 3 min · Jon Mark Allen

Using SSL Connections Over ncat

ncat is a full rewrite from the nmap team of the traditional netcat (nc) network “Swiss Army Knife”. ncat is full of really slick new features, but the one I will cover here is the ability to do all the wonderful things nc could do, but over an SSL connection. (Yes, yes, yes: I should call it a TLS connection instead, but since the ncat documentation still refers to it as “SSL”, I will do the same here....

2016-03-20 · 4 min · Jon Mark Allen