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The Photon operating system must configure Secure Shell (SSH) to disallow Kerberos authentication.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258877 PHTN-40-000214 SV-258877r933692_rule Medium
If Kerberos is enabled through SSH, sshd provides a means of access to the system's Kerberos implementation. Vulnerabilities in the system's Kerberos implementation may then be subject to exploitation. To reduce the attack surface of the system, the Kerberos authentication mechanism within SSH must be disabled.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62617r933690_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify the running configuration of sshd:

# sshd -T|&grep -i KerberosAuthentication

Example result:

kerberosauthentication no

If "KerberosAuthentication" is not set to "no", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62526r933691_fix)
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Ensure the "KerberosAuthentication" line is uncommented and set to the following:

KerberosAuthentication no

At the command line, run the following command:

# systemctl restart sshd.service