Network Scanners and vRealize Operations Manager

My company recently hired a security team with the goal of making our network more secure for our customers.  One of the devices they deployed on the network to help accomplish this task was a network scanner.  A rather evil device that armed with the latest security vulnerabilities, that attacks appliances on our IT networks in an attempt to find vulnerabilities before the other guys do.  In my case I had been fighting this issue for months where my vROps appliance version 6.5 would only stay online for a couple of days, maybe a week, and then Tomcat would crash leaving my users with the following error message when they attempted access the vROps UI to log in:

Unable to connect to platform services

While troubleshooting this issue, I went through the sizing of the cluster, performance, verifying there’s nothing backing up the vROps VMs, even made sure the datastores and specific hosts were health.  Even tried replacing the “/usr/lib/vmware-vcops/user/plugins/inbound” directory and files on all nodes from the master copy in hopes that it would make the cluster healthy again and stop tomcat from panicking.

The following was discovered after reviewing the /var/log/apache2/access_log on the master: - - [10/Oct/2017:04:56:23 +0000] "GET /recipe/login.php?Password=%22'%3e%3cqqs%20%60%3b!--%3d%26%7b()%7d%3e&Username=&submit=Login HTTP/1.0" 301 362 "-" "-" - - [10/Oct/2017:04:56:23 +0000] "GET /recipe/recipe/login.php?Password=%22'%3e%3cqqs%20%60%3b!--%3d%26%7b()%7d%3e&Username=&submit=Login HTTP/1.0" 301 369 "-" "-" - - [10/Oct/2017:04:56:23 +0000] "GET /recipe/recipe_search.php?searchstring=alert(document.domain) HTTP/1.0" 301 326 "-" "-" - - [10/Oct/2017:04:56:23 +0000] "GET /recipe/recipe/recipe_search.php?searchstring=alert(document.domain) HTTP/1.0" 301 333 "-" "-" - - [12/Oct/2017:08:30:43 +0000] "GET /recipe_view.php?intId=char%2839%29%2b%28SELECT HTTP/1.1" 301 282 "-" "-" - - [12/Oct/2017:08:31:06 +0000] "GET /modules.php?name=Search&type=stories&query=qualys&catebgory=-1%20&categ=%20and%201=2%20UNION%20SELECT%200,0,aid,pwd,0,0,0,0,0,0%20from%20nuke_authors/* HTTP/1.1" 301 410 "-" "-" - - [12/Oct/2017:08:31:06 +0000] "GET /modules.php?name=Top&querylang=%20WHERE%201=2%20ALL%20SELECT%201,pwd,1,1%20FROM%20nuke_authors/* HTTP/1.1" 301 342 "-" "-" - - [12/Oct/2017:08:31:10 +0000] "GET /index.php?option=com_jumi&fileid=-530%27%20UNION%20SELECT%202,concat%280x6a,0x75,0x6d,0x69,0x5f,0x73,0x71,0x6c,0x5f,0x69,0x6e,0x6a,0x65,0x63,0x74,0x69,0x6f,0x6e%29,null,null,null,0,0,1%20--%20%27 HTTP/1.1" 301 445 "-" "-" - - [10/Oct/2017:04:20:19 +0000] "GET /recipe_view.php?intId=char%2839%29%2b%28SELECT HTTP/1.1" 301 282 "-" "-" - - [10/Oct/2017:04:20:42 +0000] "GET /modules.php?name=Search&type=stories&query=qualys&category=-1%20&categ=%20and%201=2%20UNION%20SELECT%200,0,aid,pwd,0,0,0,0,0,0%20from%20nuke_authors/* HTTP/1.1" 301 410 "-" "-" - - [10/Oct/2017:04:22:32 +0000] "GET /third_party/fckeditor/editor/_source/classes/fckstyle.js HTTP/1.1" 301 284 "-" "-" - - [10/Oct/2017:04:22:32 +0000] "GET /third_party/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/advlink/readme.txt HTTP/1.1" 301 292 "-" "-" - - [10/Oct/2017:04:22:32 +0000] "GET /rsc/smilies/graysmile.gif HTTP/1.1" 301 253 "-" "-" - - [10/Oct/2017:04:22:32 +0000] "GET /media/users/admin/faceyourmanga_admin_girl.png HTTP/1.1" 301 274 "-" "-"


Tomcat service is being pushed to the limits and using many more resources than planned. There is upwards of 10,000 requests in bursts since June/July from a single IP address.  From the logs it certainly looks like an attack, but that’s coming from an internal IP address.

My advice – get your security team to white-list your vROps appliances.

To restart the web service on all vROps nodes either by issuing this command to each node: ‘service vmware-vcops-web restart’ , or log into the admin page, take the cluster offline and then back online.

















Install Hyperic Agent 5.8.x On SUSE 11 and SUSE 12 Based VMware Appliances

Let me start out by saying that if you’d like to install the Hyperic agent, a VMware platform (vRealize Hyperic) that is nearing the end of its’ life (late 2018), you should first **make sure having the agent installed on VMwares’ SUSE based appliance is supported.**

vRealize Hyperic is a terrific platform, that unfortunately has reached the end of its product development life cycle, and will ultimately reach the end of support late 2018.

With that said…

In this particular case I wanted to monitor the SUSE appliance virtual machines of VMware’s vCloud Availability, and since I already am using Hyperic to monitor our production environment management virtual machines…

  • To start the installation run:
# zypper install vcenter-hyperic-agent-5.8.4.EE-1.noarch.rpm

example output:


  • Respond with:     a

example output:


  • Respond with:      y

example output:



  • Edit /etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2 and update lines 281 and 379 with the addition of port 2144 for SUSE 11, or lines 253 and 351 with the addition of port 2144 for SUSE 12
  • Note: For listing multiple ports SuSEfirewall 2 uses the following schema “1234 1234 1234”  Inject port 2144 where applicable.

Line 281 for SUSE 11, or line 253 for SUSE 12


Line 379 for SUSE 11, or line 351 for SUSE 12

  • Stop and start the firewall so configuration is loaded
/etc/SuSEfirewall2 stop

Pause 5 seconds

/etc/SuSEfirewall2 start


  • Edit /etc/init.d/hyperic-hqee-agent .  Copy the following line (17) .  #export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre
    • For VMware appliances SUSE 12 this needs to be updated to: export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jre-vmware.
    • For VMware appliances SUSE 11 this needs to be updated to:  export HQ_JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/default
  • Add the new line, save and quit



  • Prior to starting the service, be sure to uncomment and modify the agent.setup values in the file in /opt/hyperic/hyperic-hqee-agent/conf:
 # vi /opt/hyperic/hyperic-hqee-agent/conf/

Uncomment and modify lines 71 through 80

agent.setup.camIP=<hyperic server IP or FQDN>
agent.setup.camPword= <hqadmin_password>

Uncomment line 86


Modify line 204.  set to =true

  • ‘wq’ the file to save and exit


# sh /opt/hyperic/hyperic-hqee-agent/bin/ start

-= OR =-

#  /etc/init.d/hyperic-hqee-agent start


  • Now you should be able to log into the hyperic UI and add the new server to inventory

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