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OL 8 must not accept router advertisements on all IPv6 interfaces by default.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-248885 OL08-00-040262 SV-248885r858673_rule Medium
Routing protocol daemons are typically used on routers to exchange network topology information with other routers. If this software is used when not required, system network information may be unnecessarily transmitted across the network. An illicit router advertisement message could result in a man-in-the-middle attack. The sysctl --system command will load settings from all system configuration files. All configuration files are sorted by their filename in lexicographic order, regardless of which of the directories they reside in. If multiple files specify the same option, the entry in the file with the lexicographically latest name will take precedence. Files are read from directories in the following list from top to bottom. Once a file of a given filename is loaded, any file of the same name in subsequent directories is ignored. /etc/sysctl.d/*.conf /run/sysctl.d/*.conf /usr/local/lib/sysctl.d/*.conf /usr/lib/sysctl.d/*.conf /lib/sysctl.d/*.conf /etc/sysctl.conf
Oracle Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-06


Check Text ( C-52319r833269_chk )
Verify OL 8 does not accept router advertisements on all IPv6 interfaces by default, unless the system is a router.

Note: If IPv6 is disabled on the system, this requirement is not applicable.

Determine if router advertisements are not accepted by using the following command:

$ sudo sysctl net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_ra

net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_ra = 0

If the "accept_ra" value is not "0" and is not documented with the Information System Security Officer (ISSO) as an operational requirement, this is a finding.

Check that the configuration files are present to enable this network parameter.

$ sudo grep -r net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_ra /run/sysctl.d/*.conf /usr/local/lib/sysctl.d/*.conf /usr/lib/sysctl.d/*.conf /lib/sysctl.d/*.conf /etc/sysctl.conf /etc/sysctl.d/*.conf

/etc/sysctl.d/99-sysctl.conf: net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_ra = 0

If "net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_ra" is not set to "0", is missing or commented out, this is a finding.

If conflicting results are returned, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-52273r858672_fix)
Configure the system to not accept router advertisements on all IPv6 interfaces by default, unless the system is a router, with the following commands:

$ sudo sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_ra=0

Remove any configurations that conflict with the above from the following locations:

If "0" is not the system's default value, add or update the following lines in the appropriate file under "/etc/sysctl.d":