VCLD-67-000002 - VAMI must be configured with FIPS 140-2 compliant ciphers for HTTPS connections.

Details

Encryption of data in flight is an essential element of protecting information confidentiality. If a web server uses weak or outdated encryption algorithms, the server's communications can potentially be compromised.



The US Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) publication 140-2, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules (FIPS 140-2), identifies 11 areas for a cryptographic module used inside a security system that protects information. FIPS 140-2 approved ciphers provide the maximum level of encryption possible for a private web server.



VAMI is compiled to use VMware's FIPS-validated OpenSSL module and cannot be configured otherwise. Ciphers may still be specified in order of preference, but no non-FIPS-approved ciphers will be implemented.



Satisfies: SRG-APP-000014-WSR-000006, SRG-APP-000179-WSR-000111, SRG-APP-000416-WSR-000118, SRG-APP-000439-WSR-000188


Solution

Navigate to and open /etc/applmgmt/appliance/lighttpd.conf.

Add or reconfigure the following value:

ssl.cipher-list = '!aNULL:kECDH+AESGCM:ECDH+AESGCM:RSA+AESGCM:kECDH+AES:ECDH+AES:RSA+AES'


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, Identification and Authentication, System and Communications Protection.This control applies to the following type of system Unix.


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