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The Photon operating system must configure Secure Shell (SSH) to restrict LoginGraceTime.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258884 PHTN-40-000221 SV-258884r933713_rule Medium
By default, SSH unauthenticated connections are left open for two minutes before being closed. This setting is too permissive as no legitimate login would need such an amount of time to complete a login. Quickly terminating idle or incomplete login attempts will free up resources and reduce the exposure any partial logon attempts may create.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62624r933711_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify the running configuration of sshd:

# sshd -T|&grep -i LoginGraceTime

Example result:

logingracetime 30

If "LoginGraceTime" is not set to "30", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62533r933712_fix)
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Ensure the "LoginGraceTime" line is uncommented and set to the following:

LoginGraceTime 30

At the command line, run the following command:

# systemctl restart sshd.service