DVWA is a PHP/MySQL web application that is intentionally vulnerable. The goal is to learn common web vulnerabilities and improve your security skills by training yourself on your own server. 3 levels are available (low, medium and high) to perform those following attacks :

  • Bruce Force
  • Command Execution
  • CSRF
  • Captcha
  • File Inclusion
  • SQL Injection (plus Blind)
  • File Upload
  • XSS

The lowest level is usually pretty easy to bypass but the high level as a best practice presents the right way to protect your application.


Below some tools you can use for scans and vulnerability assessment while performing a penetration test:

exploit-db: The Exploit Database

grabber: web application scanner

inguma: pentest toolkik which can perfom target auditing and information gathering

Metasploit: “world’s most used penetration testing software”

Nessus: vulnerability scanner

Nikto: an Open Source web server scanner

oscanner: oracle assessment framework

searchsploit: search in exloit-db database


Below some tools you can use for post exploitation while performing a penetration test:

Cryptcat: Netcat enhanced with twofish encryption

Hacker Defender: rootkit for Windows

Meterpreter: provides an interactive shell which allows you to use extensible features at run time

Netcat: networking utility which reads and writes data across network connections using the TCP/IP protocol.


Below some tools you can use for information gathering while performing a penetration test:


googledorks from Hackers for Charity and  from the Exploit Database

IP-address: free IP Address Lookup

Netcraft: what is that site running?

SHODAN: search engine for all connected object around the world (even fridges)

Threat Agent: collect informations from open sources (seems to be down?)

Wolfram|Alpha:  compute answers and provide knowledge

YouGetSignal:  collection of uncomplicated, powerful network tools


Below some tools you can use for exploitation while performing a penetration test:

acccheck: SMB brute forcer (login/password)

Aircrack: a suite of tools for 802.11a/b/g WEP and WPA cracking

Armitage: GUI front-end for the Metasploit Framework

backdoor-factory: patch win32/64 binaries with shellcode

BBQSQL: SQL injection tools highly customizable

BeEF: Browser Exploitation Framework, penetration testing tool that focuses on the web browser

Burp Suite: an integrated platform for performing security testing of web applications

cookie-cadger: catch web session on the network and reuse them to steal the session on a new browser

copy/merge-router-config: copy/merge config files from cisco router running snmp