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vSphere UI must limit the number of concurrent connections permitted.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-256779 VCUI-70-000002 SV-256779r889336_rule Medium
Resource exhaustion can occur when an unlimited number of concurrent requests are allowed on a website, facilitating a denial-of-service attack. Unless the number of requests is controlled, the web server can consume enough system resources to cause a system crash. Mitigating this kind of attack will include limiting the number of concurrent HTTP/HTTPS requests. Each incoming request requires a thread for the duration of that request. If more simultaneous requests are received than can be handled by the currently available request processing threads, additional threads will be created up to the value of the "maxThreads" attribute.
VMware vSphere 7.0 vCenter Appliance UI Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-06-15


Check Text ( C-60454r889334_chk )
At the command prompt, run the following command:

# xmllint --xpath '/Server/Service/Connector[@port="${http.port}"]/@maxThreads' /usr/lib/vmware-vsphere-ui/server/conf/server.xml

Expected result:


If the output does not match the expected result, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-60397r889335_fix)
Navigate to and open:


Configure each node with the value:



Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart vsphere-ui