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What is DVWA?

DVWA is web application that is designed to be hacked. It was written using PHP and use MYSQL as its database. There are few level of difficulties for you to test your hacking skill in a legal environtment. It will help web developers, teachers, students or any one who are interested in learning web security application. In Indonesia, 8 years in jail for hacking penalty. So, dvwa is a good option.

Before we start, I assume that you are already has and familiar with Docker Container and XAMPP server. If not, you can read my article about how to install xampp in docker.

Lets start. First, you have to download the dvwa application and xampp from its source:

In this tutorial, I use xubuntu 18.04 64bit as host, Docker 18.09.9, i386/ubuntu:bionic for docker image and XAMPP for Linux 7.1.32 for php/mysql server.

Step 1. Copy dvwa files to opt/lampp/htdocs directory in docker container

First, you have to extract the file DVWA-master.zip
darklinux@darklinuxpc:~$ ls -l DVWA-master.zip
-rw-rw-r-- 1 darklinux darklinux 1350473 Mei 11 15:20 DVWA-master.zip
darklinux@darklinuxpc:~$ unzip DVWA-master.zip



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The basic security setting for xampp is not secured with password. You have to change the setting if you want to increase your xampp security access.

To check your security setting, from XAMPP main screen, click ‘Security’. Below is the default for first installation security setting.

To change to security setting, you have to do it through Linux command line. Open your Linux Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal).

Goto to ‘/opt/lampp‘ directory.


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If you are looking for Web Server or FTP server and you don’t to have a complicated process, xampp can be considered as your choice.

The most thing I like from XAMPP is separate setup with the Linux system and it’s easy to use. So, next time I don’t need it, I just remove its directory, and that’s it. I don’t need to do uninstall process.

XAMPP has been tested to work on SuSE, RedHat, Mandrake and Debian, mean it works with Ubuntu.

There are 4 steps to do before you can run XAMPP on Linux.

Step 1. Downloading

First, you have to download the program from http://apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html.


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