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The vCenter ESX Agent Manager service shutdown port must be disabled.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-259023 VCEM-80-000134 SV-259023r934727_rule Medium
Tomcat by default listens on TCP port 8005 to accept shutdown requests. By connecting to this port and sending the SHUTDOWN command, all applications within Tomcat are halted. The shutdown port is not exposed to the network as it is bound to the loopback interface. Setting the port to "-1" in $CATALINA_BASE/conf/server.xml instructs Tomcat to not listen for the shutdown command.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance ESX Agent Manager (EAM) Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62763r934725_chk )
At the command prompt, run the following commands:

# xmllint --xpath "//Server/@port" /usr/lib/vmware-eam/web/conf/server.xml
# grep 'base.shutdown.port' /etc/vmware-eam/catalina.properties

Example results:


If "port" does not equal "${base.shutdown.port}", this is a finding.

If "base.shutdown.port" does not equal "-1", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62672r934726_fix)
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Add or modify the setting "base.shutdown.port=-1" in the "catalina.properties" file.

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Configure the node with the value:


Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart eam