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a Damn Vulnerable Serverless Application

Damn Vulnerable Serverless Application (DVSA) is a deliberately vulnerable application aiming to be an aid for security professionals to test their skills and tools in a legal environment, help developers better understand the processes of securing serverless applications and to aid both students & teachers to learn about serverless application security in a controlled class room environment.

The aim of DVSA is to practice some of the most common serverless vulnerabilities, with a simple straightforward interface.

Please note, there are both documented and undocumented vulnerabilities with this software. This is intentional. You are encouraged to try and discover as many issues as possible.


We do not take responsibility for the way in which any one uses this application (DVSA). We have made the purposes of the application clear and it should not be used maliciously. We have given warnings and taken measures to prevent users from installing DVSA on to production accounts.


Damn Vulnerable Serverless Application (DVSA) is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Damn Vulnerable Serverless Application (DVSA) is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Damn Vulnerable Serverless Application (DVSA). If not, see


Application Repository

Deploy DVSA from the AWS Applicaiton Repository

After deployment is complete. Click on 'View CloudFormation Stack'

Under 'Outputs' you will find the URL for the application (DVSA Website URL)

Serverless Framework

clone project from github

npm install

Deploy Backend

sls deploy

Build Client

npm run-script client:build

Deploy Client

sls client deploy

Cheat Sheet

Lessons can be found here


  • 25 DEC 2018: (official website) was launched.
  • 08 JAN 2019: v1.0 beta release GitHub)
  • 01 FEB 2019: v1.0 official version.

Project Sponsors

The project was initially developed by Protego Labs:

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Getting Involved

You do not have to be a security expert or a programmer to contribute.

Contact the Project Leader(s) to get involved, we welcome any type of suggestions and comments.

Project Resources

AWS Application Repository

Online version

GitHub Repo

Slack #project-sls-top-10

Project Leader

Tal Melamed



News & Events


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