Im reading "Penetration Testing - A hands-on introduction to Hacking". I'm trying to figure a way out to paste a .exe to my apache2 server and later download it from my VM since these steps from the book doesn't work:

First, run cp chapter4example.exe /var/www to copy the payload executable to the Apache directory, and then make sure the web server is started wit h service apache2 start

root@kali:~# cp chapter4example.exe /var/www

root@kali:~# service apache2 start

Now switch to your Windows XP target and open Internet Explorer. Browse to http://192.168.x.x/chapter4example.exe (Yes, i do put my ip here) and download the file.

But the page returns: "The page cannot be displayed"

My apache2 server is up, and the file is in /var/www. I think i need to copy the file to another location.

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  • Can the server be pinged? Can you reach it from localhost? – Arminius Feb 9 '17 at 22:15
  • I can ping the localhost, and my Kali Linux (where the server is running)ip from the VM. @Arminius – Pablo Dip Feb 9 '17 at 22:25
  • Is /var/www/ the root of the html files? Is index.html in that location? I think you just need to figure out where the root is. – schroeder Feb 10 '17 at 7:37

Move it to /var/www/html/example.exe, then go to http://yourip/example.exe to download it.

  • I've figured it out before reading this, but thank you!. This is the solution. – Pablo Dip Feb 10 '17 at 18:41

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