ESXI-67-000022 - The ESXi host SSH daemon must be configured to not allow gateway ports.


SSH TCP connection forwarding provides a mechanism to establish TCP connections proxied by the SSH server. This function can provide similar convenience to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) with the similar risk of providing a path to circumvent firewalls and network Access Control Lists (ACLs). Gateway ports allow remote forwarded ports to bind to non-loopback addresses on the server.


From an SSH session connected to the ESXi host, or from the ESXi shell, add or correct the following line in '/etc/ssh/sshd_config':

GatewayPorts no

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References: 800-53|CM-6b., CAT|III, CCI|CCI-000366, Rule-ID|SV-239277r674760_rule, STIG-ID|ESXI-67-000022, Vuln-ID|V-239277

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