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The Security Token Service must fail to a known safe state if system initialization fails, shutdown fails, or aborts fail.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-239669 VCST-67-000018 SV-239669r816732_rule Medium
Determining a safe state for failure and weighing that against a potential denial of service for users depends on what type of application the web server is hosting. For the Security Token Service, it is preferable that the service abort startup on any initialization failure rather than continuing in a degraded and potentially insecure state.
VMware vSphere 6.7 STS Tomcat Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-01-03


Check Text ( C-42902r816730_chk )
Connect to the PSC, whether external or embedded.

At the command line, execute the following command:

# grep EXIT_ON_INIT_FAILURE /usr/lib/vmware-sso/vmware-sts/conf/catalina.properties

Expected result:


If the output of the command does not match the expected result, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-42861r816731_fix)
Connect to the PSC, whether external or embedded.

Navigate to and open /usr/lib/vmware-sso/vmware-sts/conf/catalina.properties.

Add or change the following line: