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Arbitrary TCP and UDP connections and listens


$ whereis -b nc
nc: /bin/nc /bin/nc.openbsd


$ nc -h
OpenBSD netcat (Debian patchlevel 1.187-1ubuntu0.1)
usage: nc [-46CDdFhklNnrStUuvZz] [-I length] [-i interval] [-M ttl]
	  [-m minttl] [-O length] [-P proxy_username] [-p source_port]
	  [-q seconds] [-s source] [-T keyword] [-V rtable] [-W recvlimit] [-w timeout]
	  [-X proxy_protocol] [-x proxy_address[:port]] 	  [destination] [port]
	Command Summary:
		-4		Use IPv4
		-6		Use IPv6
		-b		Allow broadcast
		-C		Send CRLF as line-ending
		-D		Enable the debug socket option
		-d		Detach from stdin
		-F		Pass socket fd
		-h		This help text
		-I length	TCP receive buffer length
		-i interval	Delay interval for lines sent, ports scanned
		-k		Keep inbound sockets open for multiple connects
		-l		Listen mode, for inbound connects
		-M ttl		Outgoing TTL / Hop Limit
		-m minttl	Minimum incoming TTL / Hop Limit
		-N		Shutdown the network socket after EOF on stdin
		-n		Suppress name/port resolutions
		-O length	TCP send buffer length
		-P proxyuser	Username for proxy authentication
		-p port		Specify local port for remote connects
		-q secs		quit after EOF on stdin and delay of secs
		-r		Randomize remote ports
		-S		Enable the TCP MD5 signature option
		-s source	Local source address
		-T keyword	TOS value
		-t		Answer TELNET negotiation
		-U		Use UNIX domain socket
		-u		UDP mode
		-V rtable	Specify alternate routing table
		-v		Verbose
		-W recvlimit	Terminate after receiving a number of packets
		-w timeout	Timeout for connects and final net reads
		-X proto	Proxy protocol: "4", "5" (SOCKS) or "connect"
		-x addr[:port]	Specify proxy address and port
		-Z		DCCP mode
		-z		Zero-I/O mode [used for scanning]
	Port numbers can be individual or ranges: lo-hi [inclusive]