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The vCenter UI service directory listings parameter must be disabled.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-259126 VCUI-80-000137 SV-259126r935282_rule Medium
Enumeration techniques, such as URL parameter manipulation, rely on being able to obtain information about the web server's directory structure by locating directories without default pages. In this scenario, the web server will display to the user a listing of the files in the directory being accessed. Ensuring that directory listing is disabled is one approach to mitigating the vulnerability. In Tomcat, directory listing is disabled by default but can be enabled via the "listings" parameter. Ensure this node is not present to have the default effect.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance User Interface (UI) Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62866r935280_chk )
At the command prompt, run the following command:

# xmllint --format /usr/lib/vmware-vsphere-ui/server/conf/web.xml | sed 's/xmlns=".*"//g' | xmllint --xpath '//param-name[text()="listings"]/parent::init-param' -

Example result:

XPath set is empty

If the "listings" parameter is specified and is not "false", this is a finding.

If the "listings" parameter does not exist, this is not a finding.
Fix Text (F-62775r935281_fix)
Navigate to and open:


Find and remove the entire block returned in the check.



Restart the service with the following command:

# vmon-cli --restart vsphere-ui