vRealize Operations Compliance Alerts for the vSphere 6.7 STIG

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While I will admit that I’m a little bit behind on this one, I’ve finally put together my vRealize Operations compliance content for the VMware vSphere 6.7 STIG that was released by DISA earlier this year. The VMware vSphere 6.7 STIG release was quite different from the previous releases and includes 12 separate STIGs. Not only are there compliance checks related to Virtual Machines, ESXi hosts, and the vCenter Server application, there are also STIGs for various services that make up the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA).

Log4j Workaround for vRealize Automation 8 and vRealize Orchestrator 8

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VMware has been quite busy providing workarounds for all of their products that are affected by the recent Apache Log4j vulnerabilities CVE-2021-44228 and CVE-2021-45046. One of the affected products is vRealize Automation 8.0 through 8.6.1. While VMware has stated that these vulnerabilities will be addressed in the future vRealize Automation 8.6.2 and vRealize Orchestrator 8.6.2 releases, they have provided a temporary workaround as detailed in KB87120 for vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator versions 8.

VMSA-2021-0028 - VMware's Response to Apache Log4j Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple days, you’ve likely been seeing many articles regarding CVE-2021-44228 which describes a remote code execution vulnerability within Apache Log4j. Apache Log4j is a Java-based logging utility used by many applications across the world, and as such, this vulnerability is a huge issue due to how easy it is to exploit as well as the sheer number of vulnerable devices. Like most companies with Java based applications, many of VMware’s products utilize Log4j to provide application logging capabilities.

VMware vRealize Operations 8.6.1 is Now Available

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vRealize Operations has received its latest update on December 7, 2021. vRealize Operations 8.6.1 is a maintenance release which resolves several important security, performance, stability, and functionality issues identified in the product. Issues Resolved The following issues have been resolved as of vRealize Operations 8.6.1: vRealize Operations firstboot doesn’t complete successfully after deployment. Agent stopped automatically post content update for applications having jolokia2 plugin. Moved the running Custom Script feature using Telegraf to ADV license.

VMware vRealize Automation 8.6.1 is Now Available

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VMware vRealize Automation 8.6.1 was released on November 19, 2021. With this release, VMware has provided several enhancements and new features including significant Onboarding and Deployment enhancements, Extensibility and TKG improvements and new SaltStack and Carbon Black integration. What’s New Updates included in vRealize Automation 8.6.1 Assign icons to onboarded deployments - To give end user more information about deployments, vRA updates the deployment Edit action to support assigning custom icons to onboarded deployments.

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