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The SLES for vRealize must store only encrypted representations of passwords.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-89575 VRAU-SL-000370 SV-100225r1_rule High
Passwords need to be protected at all times, and encryption is the standard method for protecting passwords. If passwords are not encrypted, they can be plainly read (i.e., clear text) and easily compromised.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.x SLES Security Technical Implementation Guide 2018-10-12


Check Text ( C-89267r2_chk )
Check that the user account passwords are stored hashed using sha512 by running the following command:

# cat /etc/default/passwd | grep CRYPT=sha512

If "CRYPT=sha512" is not listed, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-96317r1_fix)
Ensure password are being encrypted with hash sha512 with the following command:

# echo 'CRYPT=sha512'>>/etc/default/passwd