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Thread: Problems upgrading a Python tty shell in Kali 2022.2

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    Question Problems upgrading a Python tty shell in Kali 2022.2


    I got my base Kali Linux VMWare image from ( which is 2021.3 and I performed apt update and apt upgrade to install the latest packages.

    I encountered this problem while interacting with reverse shells using Kali Linux. I think this is a usage problem, probably more related to bash or the terminal I am using.

    My Kali Linux VM information is as follows:
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Kali
    Description:    Kali GNU/Linux Rolling
    Release:        2022.2
    Codename:       kali-rolling
    The typical way to upgrade a Python tty shell usually includes the following steps:
    • python -c "import pty;pty.spawn('/bin/bash');"
    • Ctrl + Z
    • stty raw -echo; fg (my Kali Linux image is using zsh, so I read that I had to put "fg" on the same line)
    • Enter
    • Enter
    • export TERM=xterm
    • export SHELL=bash
    • stty rows 32 cols 128

    However, even with the steps, tab auto-complete and arrow keys still do not work. Pressing the arrow keys will display the escape characters (^[[A, etc). When I revert the Kali VMWare image to 2021.3, the steps work and I can use tab auto-complete and the arrow keys.

    What has changed in Kali 2022.2 that now causes this change? How can I resolve this?

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    I was wondering if any of the folks who maintain Kali Linux will be able to chime in on this? Which packages should I revert in order to solve this problem?

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    This would do better as a report. Will look into this and see, and will report it if I can replicate the issue.

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