Any enabled or connected device represents a potential attack channel. Users and processes with privileges on a virtual machine can connect or disconnect hardware devices, such as network adapters and CD-ROM drives. Attackers can use this capability to breach virtual machine security. Removing unnecessary hardware devices can help prevent attacks.
About this task
An attacker with access to a virtual machine can connect a disconnected hardware device and access sensitive information on media that is left in a hardware device. The attacker can potentially disconnect a network adapter to isolate the virtual machine from its network, resulting in a denial of service.
Do not connect unauthorized devices to the virtual machine.
Remove unneeded or unused hardware devices.
Disable unnecessary virtual devices from within a virtual machine.
Ensure that only required devices are connected to a virtual machine. Virtual machines rarely use serial or parallel ports. As a rule, CD/DVD drives are connected only temporarily during software installation.
- Log in to a vCenter Server system using the vSphere Web Client.
- Right-click the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
- Disable hardware devices that are not required.
Include checks for the following devices: