django.nV is a purposefully vulnerable Django application provided by nVisium.

System Requirements & Setup

First, make sure Python 3.4+ is installed on your machine. On OSX, this can be installed with Homebrew (eg. brew install python3). If you receive an error about conflicting PYTHONPATH, try updating the variable to reflect your python version.

export PYTHONPATH="/usr/local/lib/python3.4/site-packages"

Before using django.nV, you’ll also need to install virtualenv. You should be able to use pip install virtualenv, using the pip package manager, to install it. On most systems, pip should be installed alongside python.

To set up the repository, use virtualenv -p python3 venv, which will create a virtualenv using Python 3. To enter this environment, run source venv/bin/activate. You should see your $PS1 update to include (venv) to remind you that you are in the virtual environment. You can also leave the environment by simply typing deactivate.

Installation of Dependencies

To install the dependencies, simply run pip install -r requirements.txt.

Database Setup

django.nV provides you with a script automatically creates the database as well as populates it with data. This script is titled django.nV does not ship with the database, so in order to run the application properly, you’ll need to use this script:


You can also use the same script to reset the database if you make any changes.

Running the application

To run the app in its application folder type:


You should then be able to access the web interface at http://localhost:8000/.


django.nV comes with a series of writeups for the vulnerabilities we’ve added to the code. Each tutorial comes with a description of the vuln, a hint to where to find it, and then the exact bug and how it could be remedied.

You can access these tutorials within the app at http://localhost:8000/taskManager/tutorials/, or by clicking on the ‘Tutorials’ link in the top-right of the web interface.


The only mail sent by the app is for the “Forgot Password” feature. You can use the built-in Python mailserver for those messages.

python -m smtpd -n -c DebuggingServer localhost:1025

If you prefer to use your own mailserver, simply add your settings to


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