Saturday, 31 August 2013

Additional, useful Unix tools in Kali via apt-get

Hey there,

just today I found a new useful linux command called "mtr", ok this tool is available since the late 90s of the last century, but for me it was new. It is an enhanced traceroute and is much quicker than traceroute, as it combines traceroute with ping and you can gather much more information with mtr than with traceroute. As I also install some more useful Unix commands via apt-get on my Kali Linux for Raspberry Pi, I just give a short overview about them (also as reminder for me):

- mtr (as explained above, much more powerful than traceroute)
- htop (nicer view than the normal top)
- dstat (nice view of resource  consumption with timestamp, e.g. dstat --tclmgry)
- tree (shorter and much powerful version of "find . -type d")
- links (if you need a browser in the shell; it is no fun to surf the web in a cli, but sometimes it can be useful)
- bc (little calculator in the shell)
- colordiff (you can guess it by the name, it enhances diff by adding color)
- tmux (alternative to screen)
- vim (no, I don't use emacs ;-)

A really great tool is tmux, that makes you're life in the shell much more easy. You should read the FAQ of OpenBSD to tmux for a quick'n'dirty introduction in it.

If you have any commands that are also useful for you regarding pentesting or to work more efficiently just leave a comment.

Another very useful tool for Mac OS X, regarding ssh is csshX. You can install it easily via homebrew on your Mac and you can manage different ssh sessions at once and you have also a master window that sends all input to every ssh session. Pretty neat.

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