VCUI-67-000007 - vSphere UI log files must only be accessible by privileged users.

Information

Log data is essential in the investigation of events. If log data were to become compromised, 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 vSphere UI restricts all access to log file by default, but this configuration must be verified.

Satisfies: SRG-APP-000118-WSR-000068, SRG-APP-000119-WSR-000069, SRG-APP-000120-WSR-000070

Solution

At the command prompt, execute the following commands:

# chmod 600 /storage/log/vmware/vsphere-ui/logs/<file>

# chown vsphere-ui:users /storage/log/vmware/vsphere-ui/logs/<file>

Note: Substitute <file> with the listed file.

See Also

https://dl.dod.cyber.mil/wp-content/uploads/stigs/zip/U_VMW_vSphere_6-7_Y22M04_STIG.zip

Item Details

Category: AUDIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

References: 800-53|AU-9, CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000162, CCI|CCI-000163, CCI|CCI-000164, Rule-ID|SV-239688r679170_rule, STIG-ID|VCUI-67-000007, Vuln-ID|V-239688

Plugin: Unix

Control ID: 50dcd8914ef93edc2db01841764d2fa53168d865057dec4be66c2696f2bb98de