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vSphere UI 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-256796 VCUI-70-000019 SV-256796r889387_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 7.0 vCenter Appliance UI Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-06-15


Check Text ( C-60471r889385_chk )
At the command line, run the following command:

# grep EXIT_ON_INIT_FAILURE /usr/lib/vmware-vsphere-ui/server/conf/catalina.properties

Expected result:


If the output of the command does not match the expected result, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-60414r889386_fix)
Navigate to and open:


Add or change the following line:


Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart vsphere-ui