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The vCenter VAMI service must use cryptography to protect the integrity of remote sessions.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-259138 VCLD-80-000004 SV-259138r935318_rule Medium
Data exchanged between the user and the web server can range from static display data to credentials used to log in the hosted application. Even when data appears to be static, the nondisplayed logic in a web page may expose business logic or trusted system relationships. The integrity of all the data being exchanged between the user and web server must always be trusted. To protect the integrity and trust, encryption methods should be used to protect the complete communication session. To protect the integrity and confidentiality of the remote sessions, VAMI uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS). Satisfies: SRG-APP-000015-WSR-000014, SRG-APP-000315-WSR-000003
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62878r935316_chk )
At the command prompt, run the following command:

# /opt/vmware/sbin/vami-lighttpd -p -f /opt/vmware/etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf 2>/dev/null|grep "ssl.engine"

Expected result:

ssl.engine = "enable"

If the output does not match the expected result, this is a finding.

Note: The command must be run from a bash shell and not from a shell generated by the "appliance shell". Use the "chsh" command to change the shell for the account to "/bin/bash". Refer to KB Article 2100508 for more details:

Fix Text (F-62787r935317_fix)
Navigate to and open:


Add or reconfigure the following value:

ssl.engine = "enable"

Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart applmgmt