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The Photon operating system must implement address space layout randomization to protect its memory from unauthorized code execution.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258848 PHTN-40-000160 SV-258848r933605_rule Medium
Some adversaries launch attacks with the intent of executing code in nonexecutable regions of memory or in memory locations that are prohibited. Security safeguards employed to protect memory include, for example, data execution prevention and address space layout randomization. Data execution prevention safeguards can either be hardware-enforced or software-enforced with hardware providing the greater strength of mechanism. Examples of attacks are buffer overflow attacks.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62588r933603_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify address space layout randomization is enabled:

# cat /proc/sys/kernel/randomize_va_space

If the value of "randomize_va_space" is not "2", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62497r933604_fix)
Navigate to and open:


Add or update the following line:


At the command line, run the following command to load the new configuration:

# /sbin/sysctl --load /etc/sysctl.d/zz-stig-hardening.conf

Note: If the file zz-stig-hardening.conf does not exist, it must be created.