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The vCenter Server must require multifactor authentication.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258910 VCSA-80-000060 SV-258910r934388_rule Medium
Without the use of multifactor authentication, the ease of access to privileged functions is greatly increased. Multifactor authentication requires using two or more factors to achieve authentication. Factors include: (i) something a user knows (e.g., password/PIN); (ii) something a user has (e.g., cryptographic identification device, token); or (iii) something a user is (e.g., biometric). Satisfies: SRG-APP-000080, SRG-APP-000149, SRG-APP-000150, SRG-APP-000391, SRG-APP-000402
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-11


Check Text ( C-62650r934386_chk )
From the vSphere Web Client, go to Administration >> Single Sign On >> Configuration >> Identity Provider.

If the embedded identity provider is used, click on "Smart Card Authentication".

If the embedded identity provider is used and "Smart Card Authentication" is not enabled, this is a finding.

If a third-party identity provider is used, such as Microsoft ADFS, and it does not require multifactor authentication to log on to vCenter, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62559r934387_fix)
To configure smart card authentication for vCenter when using the embedded identity provider, refer to the vSphere documentation.

For vCenter Servers using a third-party identity provider, consult the product's documentation for enabling multifactor authentication.