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vSphere UI must have the debug option turned off.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-256804 VCUI-70-000027 SV-256804r889411_rule Medium
Information needed by an attacker to begin looking for possible vulnerabilities in a web server includes any information about the web server and plug-ins or modules being used. When debugging or trace information is enabled in a production web server, information about the web server, such as web server type, version, patches installed, plug-ins and modules installed, type of code being used by the hosted application, and any backends being used for data storage, may be displayed. Because this information may be placed in logs and general messages during normal operation of the web server, an attacker does not need to cause an error condition to gain this information. vSphere UI can be configured to set the debugging level. By setting the debugging level to zero, no debugging information will be provided to a malicious user.
VMware vSphere 7.0 vCenter Appliance UI Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-06-15


Check Text ( C-60479r889409_chk )
At the command prompt, run the following command:

# xmllint --format /usr/lib/vmware-vsphere-ui/server/conf/web.xml | sed 's/xmlns=".*"//g' | xmllint --xpath '//param-name[text()="debug"]/parent::init-param' -

Expected result:


If the output of the command does not match the expected result, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-60422r889410_fix)
Navigate to and open:


Navigate to all nodes that are not set to "0".

Set the to "0" in all debug nodes.

Note: The debug setting should look like the following:


Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart vsphere-ui