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The vCenter STS service must initiate session logging upon startup.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258973 VCST-80-000013 SV-258973r934577_rule Medium
Logging must be started as soon as possible when a service starts and as late as possible when a service is stopped. Many forms of suspicious actions can be detected by analyzing logs for unexpected service starts and stops. Also, by starting to log immediately after a service starts, it becomes more difficult for suspicious activity to go unlogged.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Secure Token Service (STS) Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62713r934575_chk )
At the command prompt, run the following command:

# grep StreamRedirectFile /etc/vmware/vmware-vmon/svcCfgfiles/sts-lin.json

Expected output:

"StreamRedirectFile" : "%VMWARE_LOG_DIR%/vmware/sso/sts-runtime.log",

If no log file is specified for the "StreamRedirectFile" setting, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62622r934576_fix)
Navigate to and open:


Below the last line of the "PreStartCommandArg" block, add the following line:

"StreamRedirectFile" : "%VMWARE_LOG_DIR%/vmware/sso/sts-runtime.log",

Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart sts