WackoPicko – Vulnerable Website For Learning & Security Tool Evaluation

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There are various vulnerable web applications out there to hone your skills or test the latest web vulnerability scanner you downloaded, one such package would be Damn Vulnerable Web App – Learn & Practise Web Hacking.

There are others such as:

Another I learned of recently is WackoPicko, it’s basically a website that contains known vulnerabilities and was first used for the paper Why Johnny Can’t Pentest: An Analysis of Black-box Web Vulnerability Scanners [PDF].

To Install From Source

Download the source package as below, then import the WackoPicko database into MySQL using a command like the following:

This will create the MySQL user WackoPicko with the password webvuln!@# as well as create the WackoPicko table. The final step is to enable read/write access to the upload directory of WackoPicko for the webserver user. An easy way to do this is:


Known Issues

  • The search bar doesn’t appear in Internet Explorer.
  • There are some onions hanging around (particularly in the upload folder) but I kept them there to preserve parity with the version used during the tests.
  • WackoPicko was developed with the assumption that is was running as the root application as the URL and won’t work running as a directory.

You can download WackoPicko here:

Source: WackoPicko.zip
Pre-Built Image: WackoPicko.iso

Or read more here.

Posted in: Exploits/Vulnerabilities, Secure Coding, Web Hacking

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