We continue to look at how to mitigate the log4j vulnerability, in this post we look at horizon connection servers in detail. As indicated by the VMware KB
only the connection servers where the HTML Access Portal is active are vulnerable. But all versions are subject to vulnerability. I recommend applying the workaround even if the HTML Access Portal is not active. Again as indicated in the previously cited KB we have two possibilities:
Change the following registry key
1. Edit this registry value: HKLM\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware VDM\plugins\wsnm\TomcatService\Params\JVMOptions 2. Append a single space character followed by this text: -Dlog4j2.formatMsgNoLookups=true 3. Exit the registry editor and restart the Connection Server service or reboot the machine
Run the following script as administrator.
CVE-2021-44228 - Prevent log4j parameter expansion
Horizon Connection Server 7.x, 8.x
VMware, Inc. 2021
set sigpath=HKLM\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware VDM\plugins\wsnm\TomcatService
for /f "delims=" %%g in ('reg.exe query "%sigpath%" /v Filename') do set sigval=%%g
if "%sigval%"=="" goto notneeded
set svcpath=HKLM\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware VDM\plugins\wsnm\TomcatService\Params
for /f "tokens=2*" %%v in ('reg.exe query "%svcpath%" /v JVMOptions') do set svcval=%%w
echo %svcval%|find " %killflag%" >nul
if not errorlevel 1 goto notneeded
reg add "%svcpath%" /v JVMOptions /d "%svcval% %killflag%" /f
net stop wsbroker /y && net start wsbroker
echo Not required.
I will proceed with the script. I create a fix-log4j.bat file in the c: \ temp folder of my connection server and copy the script text to it.
I launch the command from a PowerShell with administrator rights:
I reboot the server
I verify that the workaround is applied by relaunching the bat file.
Obviously, I have to do this on all the Horizon Connection Servers present in the Horizon infrastructure
Whenever we installed a new vCenter the activity always included integration with Active Directory and normally IWA (Integrated Windows Authentication) was used. Since vSphere 7.0 version this possibility has been deprecated so it is good to start with the integration of the vCenter with Active Directory via LDAP. In our case, we will use LDAPS which uses a certificate
For first the step we need to create the certificate:
Copy the certificate output with —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—– and —–END CERTIFICATE—–
Past on Notepad and save with .crt extension
Now we will go to configure the Identity Sources on vCenter:
Login as Single Sign-On Administrator to vCenter
Navigate to Menu > Administration > Single Sign-On > Configuration
In the Identity Provider tab, open Identity Sources
Select Active Directory over LDAP or OpenLDAP, depending on your directory type.
Fill out the remaining fields as follows: Identity Source Name: Label Base DN for users: The Distinguished Name (DN) of the starting point for directory server searches. Example: “DC=pollaio,DC=lan”. Base DN for groups: The Distinguished Name (DN) of the starting point for directory server searches. Domain name: Your domain name. Example: “pollaio.lan” Domain alias: Your NetBIOS name. Example: “pollaio.lan” Username: Domain user with at least browse privileges. Example: “pollaio\administrator”. Connect to: “ldaps://<DC FQDN>”.
Click Browse next to SSL Certificate
Select the .cer file created in before step
If you want check the correct use of SSL certificate on the authentication to Active Directory with LDAP connection check the websso.log:
VMware has had a product for a while now called VMware Skyline that provides proactive monitoring, analysis, and support for your VMware environment. It monitors your VMware installation and will notify you when issues arise.
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Login with My VMware account associate to Production and Premier Support on the site:
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If you are existing VMware Cloud Services customer, you can choose an existing Cloud Services
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Link the Entitlement
Now, after clicking on LINK, we have the correct status LINKED
With the release of VMware vSphere 7 Update 3, this also means there is a new version of vSAN as well. VMware vSAN has been trailblazing in the world of HCI for several years now and with over 30,000 customers and many releases behind it, the solution has certainly grown, matured, and become […]
One of the conveniences of administering VMware solutions is being able to use code to create scripts to perform repetitive tasks or automate processes
One of the vSphere Web Client features that can help those new to the PowerCli is the Capture Code, it basically allows you to list and save the Powercli commands of the actions you are doing with the vSphere Web Client.
To activate it just access the vSphere Web Client, from the Menu select Developer Center
Select Code Capture and enable it by placing the “Enable Code Capture” flag on the right (which turns green)
At this point, a space will appear in our frame where the commands will be listed with some operations, such as Clear and start another, Copy and Download
Where the Download option generates you the ps1 file with the Powercli commands of the recorded operations
To start and stop a recording session you can use the buttons:
Or the red button that appears at the top of the WebClient once “Enable Code Capture” is enabled