Vulnerabilities management using AppDefense

Vulnerabilities management using AppDefense

This feature delivers full suite of capabilities around vulnerability assessment. AppDefense enumerates vulnerabilities on vSphere components, Operating Systems, as well as the applications running on top. As processes execute, AppDefense determines the vulnerabilities associated with that software. This feature requires outbound internet access. In addition to enumerating the vulnerabilities in your environment, AppDefense prioritizes every vulnerability using real-time threat information collected from sensors around the world. AppDefense ingests this feed from Kenna Security, the leader in vulnerability prioritization, to determine the overall risk for your environment.

As a vCenter Server administrator, you always want to minimize the emergency downtime. You can now monitor all data center vulnerabilities from the AppDefense plug-in. To enable the vulnerability assessment feature, you should make sure that AppDefense Service (SaaS) subscription and the AppDefense Appliance are connected to AppDefense Service (SaaS).


AppDefense provides risk score to each vulnerability. The Risk Score combines publicly available CVSS information with proprietary threat data and advanced modeling to produce a metric that accurately represents the risk of a given vulnerability in your data center.


Hosts affected by the vulnerability are listed in the Affected Hosts panel. Click the host and go to the Host > Monitor > AppDefense > Vulnerabilities tab. The AppDefense > Vulnerabilities tab lists all the vulnerabilities affecting that host. Similarly for OS & applications running inside VM vulnerabilities can be found under Windows & Linux OS tab.

Happy AppDefending!

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