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The vSphere UI default servlet must be set to "readonly".


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-256810 VCUI-70-000033 SV-256810r889429_rule Medium
The default servlet (or DefaultServlet) is a special servlet provided with Tomcat that is called when no other suitable page is found in a particular folder. The DefaultServlet serves static resources as well as directory listings. The DefaultServlet is configured by default with the "readonly" parameter set to "true" where HTTP commands such as PUT and DELETE are rejected. Changing this to "false" allows clients to delete or modify static resources on the server and to upload new resources. DefaultServlet "readonly" must be set to "true", either literally or by absence (default).
VMware vSphere 7.0 vCenter Appliance UI Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-06-15


Check Text ( C-60485r889427_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 '/web-app/servlet/servlet-name[text()="default"]/../init-param/param-name[text()="readonly"]/../param-value[text()="false"]' -

Expected result:

XPath set is empty

If the output of the command does not match the expected result, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-60428r889428_fix)
Navigate to and open:


Navigate to the ///default/ node and remove the following node:


Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart vsphere-ui