VCWN-06-000053 - The connectivity between VSAN Health Check and public Hardware Compatibility List must be disabled or restricted.


The VSAN Health Check is able to download the hardware compatibility list from VMware in order to check compliance against the underlying VSAN Cluster hosts. To ensure the vCenter server is not directly downloading content from the internet this functionality must be disabled or if this feature is necessary an external proxy server must be configured.

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


If no clusters are enabled for VSAN, this is not applicable.

If VSAN Health Check is not installed (6.0 GA only):
Download the VSAN Health Check Plugin and install to the vCenter Server. Then restart the vCenter Server services. DRS must be configured for fully automated on the cluster. Then each ESXi host must have the VSAN Health Check VIB installed on the ESXi hosts.

If VSAN Health Check is installed:
From the vSphere Web Client go to Host and Clusters > Select a VSAN Enabled Cluster > Manage > Settings > General > Internet Connectivity > Edit

If the HCL internet download is not required then ensure that 'Enable Internet access for this cluster' is disabled.

If the HCL internet download is required then ensure that 'Enable Internet access for this cluster' is enabled and that a proxy host is appropriately configured.

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References: 800-53|CM-6b., CAT|III, CCI|CCI-000366, Group-ID|V-73141, Rule-ID|SV-87793r1_rule, STIG-ID|VCWN-06-000053, Vuln-ID|V-73141

Plugin: VMware

Control ID: 8aaf4f036642c3424a6786dddb73ee22bed327b8b415aa15caf652ba104f826f