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RHEL 8 must disable the transparent inter-process communication (TIPC) protocol.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230497 RHEL-08-040024 SV-230497r792920_rule Low
Description
It is detrimental for operating systems to provide, or install by default, functionality exceeding requirements or mission objectives. These unnecessary capabilities or services are often overlooked and therefore may remain unsecured. They increase the risk to the platform by providing additional attack vectors. Failing to disconnect unused protocols can result in a system compromise. The Transparent Inter-Process Communication (TIPC) protocol is designed to provide communications between nodes in a cluster. Disabling TIPC protects the system against exploitation of any flaws in its implementation.
STIG Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15

Details

Check Text ( C-33166r792918_chk )
Verify the operating system disables the ability to load the TIPC protocol kernel module.

$ sudo grep -r tipc /etc/modprobe.d/* | grep "/bin/true"

install tipc /bin/true

If the command does not return any output, or the line is commented out, and use of the TIPC protocol is not documented with the Information System Security Officer (ISSO) as an operational requirement, this is a finding.

Verify the operating system disables the ability to use the TIPC protocol.

Check to see if the TIPC protocol is disabled with the following command:

$ sudo grep -r tipc /etc/modprobe.d/* | grep "blacklist"

blacklist tipc

If the command does not return any output or the output is not "blacklist tipc", and use of the TIPC protocol is not documented with the Information System Security Officer (ISSO) as an operational requirement, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-33141r792919_fix)
Configure the operating system to disable the ability to use the TIPC protocol kernel module.

Add or update the following lines in the file "/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf":

install tipc /bin/true
blacklist tipc

Reboot the system for the settings to take effect.