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Are there any checklists or tools that can audit the security of the vcenter appliance?
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As deployed as an appliance, it's secure. In the event it had a security issue, VMware would advise of an update or patch.

If you are on an early version 5.0, it would be advisable to update to a current release e.g. 5.5.
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can you elaborate on any risks or issues on staying on older versions?
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Besides the added feature enhancements version 5.5 brings, if you look at the appliance from a Linux OS prospective, the newer version is based off an updated kernel which includes added hotfixes and security patches...but if you keep your older appliance up-to-date you should be ok but I always lean more towards the upgrade....
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