Are passwords for User Configurations under Host Profile, being encrypted/encoded before being stored?

I'm trying to retrieve the password set for the root user (or any other user) under 'User Configurations' of 'Security' section.
In 6.0, I was able to see the password using Managed Object Browser. For 6.5, the password is hidden.

Seems to me like a security enhancement was rolled out for 6.5 which encrypts the password before storing it. However, I couldn't find any mention of it in the documentation or release notes.
Is the password being encrypted/encode? Is there any documentation regarding the same?
Is there any way I can retrieve my password? Maybe a method call from MOB or SDK?

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VMware Employee


Please see the KB https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2108405

Starting with vSphere 6.0 the Managed Object Browser is disabled by default to avoid malicious configuration changes or actions. You can enable and disable the Managed Object Browser manually.

Sincerely, Rahul Parmar VMware Support Moderator
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