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The vCenter VAMI service log files must only be accessible by privileged users.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-259141 VCLD-80-000019 SV-259141r935327_rule Medium
Log data is essential in the investigation of events. If log data were to become compromised, then competent forensic analysis and discovery of the true source of potentially malicious system activity would be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. In addition, access to log records provides information an attacker could potentially use to their advantage since each event record might contain communication ports, protocols, services, trust relationships, user names, etc. The web server must protect the log data from unauthorized read, write, copy, etc. This can be done by the web server if the web server is also doing the logging function. The web server may also use an external log system. In either case, the logs must be protected from access by nonprivileged users. Satisfies: SRG-APP-000118-WSR-000068, SRG-APP-000119-WSR-000069, SRG-APP-000120-WSR-000070
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62881r935325_chk )
At the command prompt, run the following commands:

# find /var/log/vmware/applmgmt/ /var/log/vmware/applmgmt-audit/ -xdev -type f -a '(' -perm -o+w -o -not -user root -o -not -group root ')' -exec ls -ld {} \;
# find /opt/vmware/var/log/lighttpd/ -xdev -type f -a '(' -perm -o+w -o -not -user lighttpd -o -not -group lighttpd ')' -exec ls -ld {} \;

If any files are returned, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62790r935326_fix)
At the command prompt, run the following commands for log files under /opt/vmware/var/log/lighttpd/:

# chmod o-w
# chown lighttpd:lighttpd

At the command prompt, run the following commands for all other log files:

# chmod o-w
# chown root:root

Note: Substitute with the listed file.