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Damn Vulnerable Linux – The most vulnerable and exploitable operating

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#1 ringwraith

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 07:24 AM

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People are always coming here and asking how to get started with security testing. This sounds like a great way to get your feet wet in the comfort of your own home.
Usually, when installing a new operating system the hope is that it’s as up-to-date as possible. After installation there’s bound to be a few updates required, but no more than a few megabytes. Damn Vulnerable Linux is different, it’s shipped in as vulnerable a state as possible.

The idea behind DVL is to offer an operating system for learning and research for security students. As the DVL website explains:

Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is everything a good Linux distribution isn’t. Its developers have spent hours stuffing it with broken, ill-configured, outdated, and exploitable software that makes it vulnerable to attacks. DVL isn’t built to run on your desktop – it’s a learning tool for security students.

At 1.8GB the ISO can be used as a Live CD, or installed as a virtual machine using a package like VirtualBox or VMWare. Once installed it can be used as a training environment for teaching, “reverse code engineering, buffer overflows, shellcode development, web exploitation, and SQL injection”.

Old versions of software including Apache, MySQL, PHP, FTP and SSH daemons are included as well as the tools needed to exploit them such as GCC, GDB, NASM, strace, ELF, Shell, DDD, LDasm, and LIDa.

The idea for producing DVL came from Thorsten Schneider who runs the TeutoHack lab at Bielefeld University in Germany. The hacker lab includes a closed network which a laptop can be hooked up to for research into IT security, hacking, and malware. Throsten also teaches ethical hacking such as his lecture course Ethical Hacking – Binary Auditing & RCE.

DVL is free to download, but be warned this is a highly exploitable version of the Linux operating system and should only be used for teaching and experimentation.

Download from their site

#2 Jesse

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:12 PM

That's quite cool, it's a great idea. Once I'm back home, I might give it a try on an unused computer.

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