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RHEL 8 must not send Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) redirects.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230536 RHEL-08-040220 SV-230536r833342_rule Medium
ICMP redirect messages are used by routers to inform hosts that a more direct route exists for a particular destination. These messages contain information from the system's route table, possibly revealing portions of the network topology. There are notable differences between Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). There is only a directive to disable sending of IPv4 redirected packets. Refer to RFC4294 for an explanation of "IPv6 Node Requirements", which resulted in this difference between IPv4 and IPv6. 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
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15


Check Text ( C-33205r833341_chk )
Verify RHEL 8 does not IPv4 ICMP redirect messages.

Check the value of the "all send_redirects" variables with the following command:

$ sudo sysctl net.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects

net.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects = 0

If the returned line does not have a value of "0", or a line is not returned, this is a finding.

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

$ sudo grep -r net.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects /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.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects = 0

If "net.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects" 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-33180r818850_fix)
Configure RHEL 8 to not allow interfaces to perform IPv4 ICMP redirects.

Add or edit the following line in a system configuration file, in the "/etc/sysctl.d/" directory:


Load settings from all system configuration files with the following command:

$ sudo sysctl --system