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    Default Accessing a shared hosted website through it's IP

    First things first, I googled this however I didn't find anything. To be honest, I am not quite sure what my key words should be.

    What I am trying to achieve is access a site through it's IP address rather than its URL. For example - I won't open google with, but rather with . So far so good. However, most sites have shared hosting. So that 1 IP address is hosting multiple web pages. From what I found out from google and from some personal 'tests' they mostly work on the principle:
    http://IPaddress/~user , where user is usually 8 letters/digits.

    So here is where my question stands - is it possible and if yes, how can I find the "user" so that I can access the site this way?

    Thanks in advance for any input.


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    Default Re: Accessing a shared hosted website through it's IP

    Just to let you know

    Your questions on the /~user

    You have to guess cpanel users are created with a 5 to 6 characters

    some for example would be a possibility of


    Not to mention a lot of hosting companies the privileges from people being able to use


    as it causes a vital security risk

    You have to learn how cpanel operates in order to understand what im saying a lot better

    You just have to guess

    however there are various other ways to get such users on a server but im not going to explain that

    Hopes this helps

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    Default Re: Accessing a shared hosted website through it's IP

    One way to do this is to have a wordlist containing usernames you'd like to try. You can get these anywhere, if you can find a list of employee email addresses you can try those. Backtrack comes with tools that can be used to get that information (see theharvester and metagoofil for example). Once you've compiled a wordlist, you can read through it and use curl against each username:

    while read line; do
        curl -s -f${line} > /dev/null 2>&1
        if [[ $? -eq 22 ]]; then
            echo "no such user ${line}"
            echo "found user ${line}"
    done < users.txt
    curl returns error code 22 when it encounters a 404 HTTP error, which is what you'd typically get if the user's page doesn't exist.

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