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I am trying to set up Damn Vulnerable Web App (DVWA) (www.dvwa.co.uk).

I install XAMPP according to these instructions successfully: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-linux.html

I check that MSSQL is running under XAMPP:

21/tcp open ftp ProFTPD 1.3.4a

80/tcp open http Apache httpd 2.4.3 ((Unix) OpenSSL/1.0.1c PHP/5.4.7)

443/tcp open ssl/http Apache httpd 2.4.3 ((Unix) OpenSSL/1.0.1c PHP/5.4.7)

3306/tcp open mysql MySQL (unauthorized)

I install DVWA according to these instructions: https://code.google.com/p/dvwa/wiki/README

I go to localhost/dvwa and see:

Unable to connect to the database.


The /opt/lampp/htdocs/dvwa/config/config.inc.php file shows:

$_DVWA[ 'db_server' ] = 'localhost';

$_DVWA[ 'db_database' ] = 'dvwa';

$_DVWA[ 'db_user' ] = 'root';

$_DVWA[ 'db_password' ] = '';

I am localhost (have also replaced this with but it still did not work) and login as root.

Yet I still get the above MYSQL error along with:

Could not connect to the database - please check the config file.

Does anyone know how I can fix this issue, thanks

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