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The vCenter UI service must limit the number of maximum concurrent connections permitted.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-259104 VCUI-80-000001 SV-259104r935216_rule Medium
Resource exhaustion can occur when an unlimited number of concurrent requests are allowed on a website, facilitating a denial-of-service attack. Unless the number of requests is controlled, the web server can consume enough system resources to cause a system crash. Mitigating this kind of attack will include limiting the number of concurrent HTTP/HTTPS requests. In Tomcat, each incoming request requires a thread for the duration of that request. If more simultaneous requests are received than can be handled by the currently available request processing threads, additional threads will be created up to the value of the maxThreads attribute. Satisfies: SRG-APP-000001-AS-000001, SRG-APP-000435-AS-000163
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance User Interface (UI) Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62844r935214_chk )
At the command prompt, run the following command:

# xmllint --xpath '/Server/Service/Connector[@port="${http.port}"]/@maxThreads' /usr/lib/vmware-vsphere-ui/server/conf/server.xml

Expected result:


If the output does not match the expected result, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62753r935215_fix)
Navigate to and open:


Navigate to the node and configure with the value "maxThreads="800"".

Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart vsphere-ui