Dictionary Attacking a Web Application with Hydra and Burp Suite

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Lab Steps

Starting the Cyber Network Security Lab Exercise

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Time Limit2h


In this lab, you will be attacking a Linux machine named Metasploitable, running the Damn Vulnerable Web App (DVWA). The DVWA is an open source web app written to be vulnerable to a host of different security exploits, designed for security professionals to practice their skills and conduct research.

You will be attempting a dictionary attack to discover a password using Burp Suite and Hydra. Burp Suite is a GUI tool for testing web application security. Hydra is a password cracking tool that attempts to crack passwords by sending either a dictionary of usernames and passwords at a login service or trying all possible combinations in a brute force configuration.

This lab is part of a series on cyber network security.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to use Hydra and Burp Suite to attack a web-based login service by performing a dictionary attack on the DVWA login web-app

Intended Audience

This lab is intended for:

  • Cyber and network security specialists


You should possess:

  • A basic understanding of Windows operating system environments
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