Shell Promotion

I recently have been doing some hack the box boxes and kept getting a shell via nc or meterpreter or whatever, but they were not full shells and I thought, there must be good ways to do this.

To find out what your current shell is do:

echo $0

So here is a list.

If python is installed, this works really well!

python -c 'import pty;pty.spawn("/bin/bash")'

Once you have a shell, you can upgrade it to get tab autocomplete etc by doing:

Ctrl + z

This puts the netcat session into the background

stty raw -echo

It won’t look like anything changed, but go with it.

Then do 2x:


You are now back into your shell with direction keys and tab autocomplete.

To then gain access to things like clear to clear the screen do:


Thanks to ippsec video’s for these tips!

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