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linux – Test if a port on a remote system is reachable (without telnet) – Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/29

Just learned that bash can do TCP and UDP itself:

Bash has been able to access TCP and UDP ports for a while. From the man page:

/dev/tcp/host/port
    If host is a valid hostname or Internet address, and port is an integer port number
    or service name, bash attempts to open a TCP connection to the corresponding socket.
/dev/udp/host/port
    If host is a valid hostname or Internet address, and port is an integer port number
    or service name, bash attempts to open a UDP connection to the corresponding socket.

So you could use something like this:

xenon-lornix:~> cat < /dev/tcp/127.0.0.1/22
SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_6.2p2 Debian-6
^C pressed here

Taa Daa!

This for systems that do not have telnet installed (Windows stopped using this a long time ago, many Linux distributions followed suit) and you cannot to use nc (also known as netcat).

–jeroen: [WayBacklinux – Test if a port on a remote system is reachable (without telnet) – Super User

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