VCST-67-000005 - The Security Token Service must record user access in a format that enables monitoring of remote access.


Remote access can be exploited by an attacker to compromise the server. By recording all remote access activities, it will be possible to determine the attacker's location, intent, and degree of success.

Tomcat can be configured with an 'AccessLogValve', a component that can be inserted into the request processing pipeline to provide robust access logging. The AccessLogValve creates log files in the same format as those created by standard web servers. When AccessLogValve is properly configured, log files will contain all the forensic information necessary in the case of a security incident.

Satisfies: SRG-APP-000016-WSR-000005, SRG-APP-000089-WSR-000047, SRG-APP-000095-WSR-000056, SRG-APP-000096-WSR-000057, SRG-APP-000097-WSR-000058, SRG-APP-000098-WSR-000059, SRG-APP-000098-WSR-000060, SRG-APP-000099-WSR-000061, SRG-APP-000100-WSR-000064, SRG-APP-000092-WSR-000055, SRG-APP-000374-WSR-000172, SRG-APP-000375-WSR-000171


Navigate to and open /usr/lib/vmware-sso/vmware-sts/conf/server.xml.

Add the following line at the very top of the node:

Inside the node, remove the existing 'AccessLogValve' node entirely and replace it with the following line:

Supportive Information

The following resource is also helpful.

This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: Access Control, Audit and Accountability.This control applies to the following type of system Unix.