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The Ubuntu operating system must be configured to use TCP syncookies.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-219330 UBTU-18-010500 SV-219330r610963_rule Medium
DoS is a condition when a resource is not available for legitimate users. When this occurs, the organization either cannot accomplish its mission or must operate at degraded capacity. Managing excess capacity ensures that sufficient capacity is available to counter flooding attacks. Employing increased capacity and service redundancy may reduce the susceptibility to some DoS attacks. Managing excess capacity may include, for example, establishing selected usage priorities, quotas, or partitioning.
Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-06


Check Text ( C-21055r305318_chk )
Verify the Ubuntu operating system is configured to use TCP syncookies.

Check the value of TCP syncookies with the following command:

# sysctl net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies
net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 1

If the value is not "1", this is a finding.

Check the saved value of TCP syncookies with the following command:

# sudo grep -i net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies /etc/sysctl.conf /etc/sysctl.d/* | grep -v '#'

If no output is returned, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-21054r305319_fix)
Configure the Ubuntu operating system to use TCP syncookies, by running the following command:

# sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies=1

If "1" is not the system's default value then add or update the following line in "/etc/sysctl.conf":

net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 1