Getting Started

What is this?

learn.thehackerlab.co is a documentation site that contains step by step guides to walk you through popular open source Capture the Flag (CTF) challenges like WebGoat, DVWA, or Metasploitable.

It also contains reference material for all the tools you'll be using during the CTF challenges. And explanations of basic security concepts and the underlying technology used.

So beginners can build a solid foundation when starting from scratch.

Where do I start?

First you should setup a lab environment that includes:

1. An instance of Kali Linux - This is a linux distribution that comes pre-loaded with many common security tools. It is perfect to use as our pen testing machine.

2. A vulnerable server - This will be an intentionally vulnerable server that we can attack with our Kali Linux instance.

There are several open source options including:

  • WebGoat
  • Damn Vulnerable Web App
  • Metasploitable Ubuntu
  • Metasploitable Windows

Once you have your virtual lab setup, navigate to our walkthrough guide in the left side menu to start hacking!

Tip: If you want to skip the lab setup and get straight to hacking, signup at thehackerlab.co to create lab environments in the cloud with a single click.

Anything else?

This documentation is completely open source licensed under MIT. Feel free to contribute.