Damn Vulnerable Linux

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Damn Vulnerable Linux
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateDiscontinued
Kernel typeMonolithic kernel (Linux)

Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is a discontinued[1] Linux distribution geared toward computer security students. It functions as a tool for observing and studying vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel and popular user space software. It is available as a live CD, and can be run through a virtual machine within the host operating system.[2]


DVL was created by Thorsten Schneider, the founder of the TeutoHack laboratory at Bielefeld University,[3] to use as a training system for his university lectures.


DVL is a SLAX-based distribution, and uses the Slackware .tgz package management system.[1] It uses outdated versions of various software, to deliberately make it the most vulnerable operating system ever.[4][5]

DVL is distributed as a live CD, allowing it to be booted directly from the distribution medium without installation on a PC or within a virtual machine.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "DistroWatch.com: Damn Vulnerable Linux". July 14, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Damn Vulnerable Linux". Archived from the original on December 21, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  3. ^ "The Most Vulnerable and Exploitable Operating System Ever? Damn Vulnerable Linux". Networkworld.com. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  4. ^ "Damn Vulnerable Linux – The Most Vulnerable OS Ever Created". Hardocp. 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
  5. ^ "Damn Vulnerable Linux: [DVL]: WebGoat SQL Injection". Computersecuritystudent.com. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
  6. ^ "Damn Vulnerable Linux - The most vulnerable and exploitable operating system ever! – Tech Products & Geek News". Geek.com. 2010-07-17. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-10-24.

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