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The SLES for vRealize must, for networked systems, compare internal information system clocks at least every 24 hours with a server which is synchronized to one of the redundant United States Naval Observatory (USNO) time servers, or a time server designated for the appropriate DoD network (NIPRNet/SIPRNet), and/or the Global Positioning System (GPS).


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-89789 VRAU-SL-001110 SV-100439r1_rule Medium
Inaccurate time stamps make it more difficult to correlate events and can lead to an inaccurate analysis. Determining the correct time a particular event occurred on a system is critical when conducting forensic analysis and investigating system events. Sources outside the configured acceptable allowance (drift) may be inaccurate. Synchronizing internal information system clocks provides uniformity of time stamps for information systems with multiple system clocks and systems connected over a network. Organizations should consider endpoints that may not have regular access to the authoritative time server (e.g., mobile, teleworking, and tactical endpoints).
VMware vRealize Automation 7.x SLES Security Technical Implementation Guide 2018-10-12


Check Text ( C-89481r1_chk )
A remote NTP server should be configured for time synchronization. To verify one is configured, open the following file:

# cat /etc/ntp.conf | grep server | grep -v '^#'
# cat /etc/ntp.conf | grep peer | grep -v '^#'
# cat /etc/ntp.conf | grep multicastclient | grep -v '^#'

Confirm the servers and peers or multicastclient (as applicable) are local or an authoritative U.S. DoD source.

If a non-local/non-authoritative time-server is used, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-96531r1_fix)
To specify a remote NTP server for time synchronization, edit the file "/etc/ntp.conf". Add or correct the following lines, substituting the IP or hostname of a remote NTP server for "ntpserver" by using the following command:

# echo "server [ntpserver]" >> /etc/ntp.conf

Replace [ntpserver] with one of the USNO time servers. This instructs the NTP software to contact that remote server to obtain time data.

Restart the service with:

# service ntp restart