I've jsut enough linux experiance now to realise something is fishy but i can't find a fix. This is what i've noticed..
on a fresh install of the Debian 7.2
ifconfig c & iptables command cannot be found - I suspect the OS has installed without the tools.
So i go ahead and try apt-get install the stuff. aptget is present and has the following permissions:
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 194932 Jun 6 05:17 apt-get
but when i execute the command the following is output:
master@Vent:/usr/bin$ su root ./apt-get install gcc make
./apt-get: ./apt-get: cannot execute binary file
This seems to be the strangest thing? The VM has literally been in existence no more than 1hr at time of writing.