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VMware ESXi hardening

Improve security using a firewall and proxy server

Aug. 31, 2021 -

In response to an incident on a server, I detected a possible security breach. The affected machine ran VMware ESXi, a bare metal hypervisor used to run virtual private servers. In standalone mode, a web based management console offers full control over the infrastructure, posing a risk.

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Two proxy servers providing secure access to multiple VMware hosts
Two proxy servers providing secure access to multiple VMware hosts
nginx configuration to authenticate and forward traffic to a VMware administrative console
nginx configuration to authenticate and forward traffic to a VMware administrative console
Finding exposed VMware ESXi web interfaces requires nothing but some Google skills
Finding exposed VMware ESXi web interfaces requires nothing but some Google skills
Pre-authenticate traffic to the administrative console through a small and simple Debian GNU/Linux server with nginx proxy
Pre-authenticate traffic to the administrative console through a small and simple Debian GNU/Linux server with nginx proxy
VMware ESXi web interface - inviting you and others to manage this physical machine
VMware ESXi web interface - inviting you and others to manage this physical machine
VMware ESXi is a bare metal hypervisor that divides one physical server into multiple virtual servers
VMware ESXi is a bare metal hypervisor that divides one physical server into multiple virtual servers

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