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The vCenter VAMI service must produce log records containing sufficient information to establish what type of events occurred.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-259140 VCLD-80-000010 SV-259140r935324_rule Medium
Web server logging capability is critical for accurate forensic analysis. Without sufficient and accurate information, a correct replay of the events cannot be determined. Ascertaining the correct type of event that occurred is important during forensic analysis. The correct determination of the event and when it occurred is important in relation to other events that happened at that same time. Without sufficient information establishing what type of log event occurred, investigation into the cause of event is severely hindered. Log record content that may be necessary to satisfy the requirement of this control includes, but is not limited to, time stamps, source and destination IP addresses, user/process identifiers, event descriptions, application-specific events, success/fail indications, file names involved, access control, or flow control rules invoked. Satisfies: SRG-APP-000095-WSR-000056, SRG-APP-000096-WSR-000057, SRG-APP-000097-WSR-000058, SRG-APP-000098-WSR-000059, SRG-APP-000099-WSR-000061, SRG-APP-000100-WSR-000064, SRG-APP-000374-WSR-000172, SRG-APP-000375-WSR-000171
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62880r935322_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 "accesslog.format"

The default commented, accesslog format is acceptable for this requirement. No output should be returned.

If the command returns any output, 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-62789r935323_fix)
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Comment any existing accesslog.format lines by adding a "#" at the beginning of the line.

Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart applmgmt