VCWN-06-000028 - Log files must be cleaned up after failed installations of the vCenter Server.


In certain cases, if the vCenter installation fails, a log file (with a name of the form 'hs_err_pidXXXX') is created that contains the database password in plain text. An attacker who breaks into the vCenter Server could potentially steal this password and access the vCenter Database.

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Develop a site policy for handling failed installation cleanup of the Windows host prior to deployment. Using the Windows host search function, determine the existence of any log files of format 'hs_err_pid' and remove them.

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References: 800-53|CM-6b., CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000366, Group-ID|V-63993, Rule-ID|SV-78483r1_rule, STIG-ID|VCWN-06-000028, Vuln-ID|V-63993

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