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XAMPP – How to create a Website Hacking Environment –


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In this post I’m going to concentrate on setting up a sandboxed website hacking environment using a vulnerable website (DVWA) hosted by an Apache server (XAMPP).

XAMPP Server Setup
First, create a new Virtual Machine (or use existing one) with any operating system (this tutorial uses Windows XP sp 3). Download and install corresponding version of XAMPP server onto the virtual machine.

Download for Windows 7 and above
Download for Windows XP and below
Download for other operating systems

Once installed go to the XAMPP directory, execute xampp-control.exe and start the Apache and MySQL modules.

XAMPP control arr

DVWA Setup
Download and unzip the website, and copy/paste the unzipped directory into C:/xampp/htdocs/. Rename the DVWA directory from DVWA-1.0.8 to something more convenient, such as dvwa.

Download Damn Vulnerable Web Application (DVWA)

At this point the website will not be available to any other virtual machine, apart from the one which is…

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