An Introduction to Web-Shells, Part 1

An Introduction to Web-Shells, Part 1

A web-shell is a malicious script used by an attacker with the intent to escalate and maintain persistent access on an already compromised web application. A web-shell itself cannot attack or exploit a remote vulnerability, so it is always the second step of an attack (this stage is also referred to as post-exploitation).

An attacker can take advantage of common vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, remote file inclusion (RFI), FTP, or even use cross-site scripting (XSS) as part of a social engineering attack in order to upload the malicious script. The common functionality includes, but is not limited to, shell command execution, code execution, database enumeration, and file management.


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May 29, 2017 at 02:39PM


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