VCFL-67-000006 - vSphere Client must be configured to enable SSL/TLS.

Details

Data exchanged between the user and the web server can range from static display data to credentials used to log into the hosted application. Even when data appears to be static, the non-displayed logic in a web page may expose business logic or trusted system relationships. The integrity of all the data being exchanged between the user and web server must always be trusted. To protect the integrity and trust, encryption methods should be used to protect the complete communication session.



HTTP connections in Virgo are managed through the Connector object. The vSphere Client endpoint has two connectors. One is behind a reverse proxy, which terminates TLS, and the other is serving SSL/TLS natively on 9443. The first will be addressed in a separate STIG, while this control addresses ensuring SSL/TLS is enabled on the 9443 connector.



Satisfies: SRG-APP-000015-WSR-000014, SRG-APP-000172-WSR-000104, SRG-APP-000315-WSR-000004, SRG-APP-000439-WSR-000151, SRG-APP-000439-WSR-000152, SRG-APP-000439-WSR-000156, SRG-APP-000442-WSR-000182


Solution

Navigate to and open /usr/lib/vmware-vsphere-client/server/configuration/tomcat-server.xml.

Ensure that the node with 'port=9443' contains the following value:

SSLEnabled='true'


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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