VCTR-67-000004 - The vCenter Server must terminate management sessions after 10 minutes of inactivity.


Terminating an idle session within a short time period reduces the window of opportunity for unauthorized personnel to take control of a management session enabled on the console or console port that has been left unattended. In addition, quickly terminating an idle session will also free up resources committed by the managed network element.

NOTE: Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.


Navigate to and open /etc/vmware/vsphere-client/ Remove any existing 'session.timeout' line and add the following:

session.timeout = 10

Supportive Information

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This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: System and Communications Protection.This control applies to the following type of system VMware.