ESXI-65-000038 - The ESXi host must use the vSphere Authentication Proxy to protect passwords when adding ESXi hosts to Active Directory.


If you configure your host to join an Active Directory domain using Host Profiles the Active Directory credentials are saved in the host profile and are transmitted over the network. To avoid having to save Active Directory credentials in the Host Profile and to avoid transmitting Active Directory credentials over the network use the vSphere Authentication Proxy.

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


From the vSphere Web Client go to Home >> Host Profiles >> and select a Host Profile to edit. View the settings under Security and Services >> Security Settings >> Authentication Configuration >> Active Directory Configuration >> Join Domain Method. Set the method used to join hosts to a domain to 'Use vSphere Authentication Proxy to add the host to domain' and provide the IP address of the vSphere Authentication Proxy server.

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References: 800-53|IA-2, CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000764, Rule-ID|SV-207639r378847_rule, STIG-ID|ESXI-65-000038, STIG-Legacy|SV-104109, STIG-Legacy|V-94023, Vuln-ID|V-207639

Plugin: VMware

Control ID: 2265c92d40ff7af20a8843bf5ce649b148221454108412d256ca1525e4f0465a