When I read this document:

Communication with a host, similar to interacting via netcat, taking advantage of any configured session pivoting.

What's the meaning of pivoting there? what's the meaning of configured session pivoting?

I have looked in a dictionary and I found these definitions:

Pivoting: ......

Configured: .......

Session: ...........

But I don't understand how these apply to this context because .................

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    Hello, could you fill in the blanks that I've put in the question.
    – James K
    Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 7:41
  • @JamesK Although I agree with your intent, I’m not sure that’s the right way to go about it; I think suggesting the edit would be better than doing it forcibly (if you will). Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 7:43
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    I'm trying something different. Suggesting edits tends to get comments. This is quite a clear case where the dictionary will fail, so there is clearly a good question here. I'm not sure it is an ELL question though
    – James K
    Commented Apr 13, 2020 at 7:45

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Well, I don't think that this question belongs to this site because it's related to specific computer science terms but ...

According to the Cambridge Dictionary


(noun) a fixed point supporting something that turns or balances
(verb) to turn or twist

According to a quick search in Google, in relation with your context, you can find this:

Pivoting is the unique technique of using an instance (also referred to as a ‘plant’ or ‘foothold’) to be able to move around inside a network.

Such instance mentioned is considered the pivot, you can move inside a network opening a session in such element that allows you to connect to other nodes in the network.

But if you are taking that linked course, you should ask your tutors there instead of asking in an English Language site like this.


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