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I recently successfully uploaded an msfvenom binary payload into a Windows server 2008 VM.

My netcat listener displays the following message:

connect to [lhost ip] from (UNKNOWN) [rhost ip] 49155

which means it is connected.

But when I run commands such as dir it doesn't output anything. What do you think is the problem?

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  • How will netcat be able to interact with msf payload?
    – yeah_well
    Mar 5 '20 at 20:02
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    I generated a reverse tcp stager not a meterpreter shell payload Mar 6 '20 at 8:24
  • And it worked before Mar 6 '20 at 8:24
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I solved it by generating a different payload.

Payload that didn't work: /windows/x64/shell/reverse_tcp

Payload that worked: /windows/x64/shell_reverse_tcp (and adding some flags -e x64/xor -i 5)

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    If I remember correctly, they are 2 different kinds of payload in msf: staged and non-staged. Payload in the form shell/reverse_tcp are staged payloads and the one in the form shell_reverse_tcp are not. Staged payloads are smaller in size, but after the connection the second stage has to be sent to the victim. The non-staged payloads are bigger but "all in one". That would be why a staged payload isn't working with nc as a receiver: nc is not sending the second stage.
    – Scaum
    Mar 6 '20 at 15:39

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