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The Photon operating system must configure the Secure Shell (SSH) SyslogFacility.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258865 PHTN-40-000200 SV-258865r933656_rule Medium
Automated monitoring of remote access sessions allows organizations to detect cyberattacks and ensure ongoing compliance with remote access policies by auditing connection activities. Shipping sshd authentication events to syslog allows organizations to use their log aggregators to correlate forensic activities among multiple systems.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62605r933654_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify the running configuration of sshd:

# sshd -T|&grep -i SyslogFacility

Example result:

syslogfacility AUTHPRIV

If "syslogfacility" is not set to "AUTH" or "AUTHPRIV", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62514r933655_fix)
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Ensure the "SyslogFacility" line is uncommented and set to the following:

SyslogFacility AUTHPRIV

At the command line, run the following command:

# systemctl restart sshd.service