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The Photon operating system must store only encrypted representations of passwords.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-239097 PHTN-67-000025 SV-239097r816613_rule Medium
Passwords must be protected at all times via strong, one-way encryption. If passwords are not encrypted, they can be plainly read (i.e., clear text) and easily compromised. If they are encrypted with a weak cipher, those passwords are much more vulnerable to offline brute forcing attacks.
VMware vSphere 6.7 Photon OS Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-09-27


Check Text ( C-42308r675097_chk )
At the command line, execute the following command:

# grep password /etc/pam.d/system-password|grep --color=always "sha512"

If the output does not include "sha512", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-42267r816612_fix)
Open /etc/applmgmt/appliance/system-password with a text editor.

Add the following argument (sha512) to the password line:

password required pam_unix.so sha512 shadow try_first_pass

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