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The vCenter VAMI service must restrict access to the web server's private key.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-259147 VCLD-80-000040 SV-259147r935345_rule Medium
The web server's private key is used to prove the identity of the server to clients and securely exchange the shared secret key used to encrypt communications between the web server and clients. By gaining access to the private key, an attacker can pretend to be an authorized server and decrypt the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) traffic between a client and the web server.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62887r935343_chk )
At the command prompt, run the following command:

# stat -c "%n has %a permissions and is owned by %U:%G" /etc/applmgmt/appliance/server.pem

Expected result:

/etc/applmgmt/appliance/server.pem has 600 permissions and is owned by root:root

If the output does not match the expected result, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62796r935344_fix)
At the command prompt, run the following commands:

# chown root:root /etc/applmgmt/appliance/server.pem
# chmod 600 /etc/applmgmt/appliance/server.pem