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The Cisco multicast switch must be configured to disable Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) on all interfaces that are not required to support multicast routing.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-221053 CISC-RT-000790 SV-221053r622190_rule Medium
If multicast traffic is forwarded beyond the intended boundary, it is possible that it can be intercepted by unauthorized or unintended personnel. Limiting where, within the network, a given multicast group's data is permitted to flow is an important first step in improving multicast security. A scope zone is an instance of a connected region of a given scope. Zones of the same scope cannot overlap while zones of a smaller scope will fit completely within a zone of a larger scope. For example, Admin-local scope is smaller than Site-local scope, so the administratively configured boundary fits within the bounds of a site. According to RFC 4007 IPv6 Scoped Address Architecture (section 5), scope zones are also required to be "convex from a routing perspective"; that is, packets routed within a zone must not pass through any links that are outside of the zone. This requirement forces each zone to be one contiguous island rather than a series of separate islands. As stated in the DoD IPv6 IA Guidance for MO3, "One should be able to identify all interfaces of a zone by drawing a closed loop on their network diagram, engulfing some switches and passing through some switches to include only some of their interfaces." Therefore, it is imperative that the network engineers have documented their multicast topology and thereby knows which interfaces are enabled for multicast. Once this is done, the zones can be scoped as required.
Cisco IOS XE Switch RTR Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-09-13


Check Text ( C-22768r408953_chk )
Step 1: Review the network's multicast topology diagram.

Step 2: Review the switch configuration to verify that only the PIM interfaces as shown in the multicast topology diagram are enabled for PIM as shown in the example below:

interface GigabitEthernet1/1
no switchport
ip address
ip pim sparse-mode

If an interface is not required to support multicast routing and it is enabled, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-22757r408954_fix)
Document all enabled interfaces for PIM in the network's multicast topology diagram. Disable support for PIM on interfaces that are not required to support it.

SW1(config)#int g1/1
SW1(config-if)#no ip pim sparse-mode