Damn Vulnerable Linux

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

Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is a discontinued 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.


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


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

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.

See also


  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: : 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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