PHP Shell: Muscle Play

Browser-based shell access

Article from Issue 126/2011

Firewalls often block shell access for remote users on a corporate network or at an Internet cafe. Luckily, tools like PHP Shell and Shell in a Box put the shell in a browser window.

Thanks to Secure Shell (SSH), managing a server externally is quite easy, and X forwarding means you can even use graphics programs for these management tasks on your computer at home. Unfortunately, in a corporate environment or an Internet cafe, you probably won’t be allowed to install additional software, or the firewall settings will be so restrictive that nothing but HTTP/​ HTTPS will get through. PHP Shell and Shell in a Box give you options for accessing your server.

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