1.1 Ensure ESXi is properly patched


VMware Lifecycle Manager is a tool which may be utilized to automate patch management for vSphere hosts and virtual machines. Creating a baseline for patches is a good way to ensure all hosts are at the same patch level. VMware also publishes advisories on security patches and offers a way to subscribe to email alerts for them.


By staying up to date on ESXi patches, vulnerabilities in the hypervisor can be mitigated. An educated attacker can exploit known vulnerabilities when attempting to attain access or elevate privileges on an ESXi host.


ESXi servers must be in Maintenance Mode to apply patches. This implies all VMs must be moved or powered off on the ESXi server, so the patching process may necessitate having brief outages.

NOTE: Nessus has not performed this check. Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.


Employ a process to keep ESXi hosts up to date with patches in accordance with industry standards and internal guidelines. Leverage the VMware Lifecycle Manager to test and apply patches as they become available.

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