Netcat

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Tool and Usage

Netcat can be used to set up network connections via TCP or UDP and have roles like port scanning, transferring files, port listening, or even as a backdoor.

Introduction

Netcat (or nc) is a small tool to set up network connections via TCP or UDP. It can be used in scripts and fulfill multiple roles like port scanning, transferring files, port listening, or even as a backdoor.

The development of this tool is halted and no new updates are expected.

Usage and audience

Netcat is commonly used for penetration test, security assessment, or troubleshooting. Target users for this tool are pentesters, security professionals, and system administrators.

Tool review

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:

Strengths

  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - No updates for a while

Installation

Support operating systems

Netcat is known to work on Linux.

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Project details
Latest release 1.10 [2011-06-12]
License(s)Public domain
Last updatedSept. 17, 2017

Project health

59
This score is calculated by different factors, like project age, last release date, etc.

Links

 Netcat website