VCWN-06-000025 - The system must disable the managed object browser at all times, when not required for troubleshooting or maintenance.


The managed object browser provides a way to explore the object model used by the vCenter to manage the vSphere environment; it enables configurations to be changed as well. This interface is used primarily for debugging, and might potentially be used to perform malicious configuration changes or actions.

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If the datastore browser is enabled and required for object maintenance, no fix is immediately required.

Disable the managed object browser:
Determine the location of the vpxd.cfg file on the Windows host.
Edit the file and locate the <vpxd> ... </vpxd> element.
Ensure the following element is set. <enableDebugBrowse>false</enableDebugBrowse>

Restart the vCenter Service to ensure the configuration file change(s) are in effect.

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References: 800-53|CM-6b., CAT|III, CCI|CCI-000366, Group-ID|V-63987, Rule-ID|SV-78477r1_rule, STIG-ID|VCWN-06-000025, Vuln-ID|V-63987

Plugin: VMware

Control ID: 8ade49b6f2d13a26496666dab7bc8138e164ea6dd1926add93dbe146adac1867