Damn Vulnerable Linux is a live CD linux distro, obviously based on the Damn Small Linux distro, but there’s a big ass twist. This, actually, soon to be these linux distros are made to be completely insecure and even include lessons on how to hack away at a huge list of vulnerabilities and exploits.
I picture DVL to be even more helpful to fledgling hackers than BackTrack 2.0!! And I love BackTrack 2.0, I have a bootable partition on my laptop’s hard drive. However, BackTrack doesn’t teach you how to hack its too full of features and hardware support for that, that’s because its really a giant tool to actually use to hack. On the flip side, DVL is a learning tool, and its litaney of lessons that are ever growing and constantly updated will lead you to be able to use BackTrack.
Here’s what the DVL project creators have to say about it:
Actually, it is a perverted Linux distribution made to be as insecure as possible. It is collection of IT-Security and IT-Anti-Security tools. Additional it includes a fullscaled lesson based environment for Attack & Defense on/for IT systems for self-study or teaching activities during university lectures. It’s a Live Linux Distro, which means it runs from a bootable CD in memory without changing the native operating system of the host computer. As well it can be run within virtual machine environments, such as qemu or vmware. There is no need to install a virtual machine if you use the embedded option. Its sole purpose in life is to put as many security tools at your disposal with as much training options as it can. It contains a huge ammount of lessons including lesson description – and solutions if the level has been solved by a community member at crackmes.de.
Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is meant to be used by both novice and professional security personnel but is not ideal for the Linux uninitiated. Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) assumes you know the basics of Linux as most of your work will be done from the command line. If you are completely new to Linux, it’s best you stop playing with this system.
The latest kewl thing about this project, besides that its free, is that there’s a blackhat version coming out. See for yourself:
DVL Black Hat Edition – The free community edition without sources, no remorse and no cheating. An ultimate challenge system available April 2007! More infos about the DVL editions here!
Also, check out the kick ass video demo -> The DVL Project Presentation Video
Last but not least, just go to their home site at www.damnvulnerablelinux.org and check out all the sweet stuff they have to offer. I highly suggest you sign up as a member and start learning ASAP.
As for the BackTrack vs DVL issue, I guess my verdict is … Bactrack to hack and DVL to learn.
Hack on bored peeps!!