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RHEL 8 must not enable IPv6 packet forwarding unless the system is a router.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230540 RHEL-08-040260 SV-230540r833349_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. 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-33209r833348_chk )
Verify RHEL 8 is not performing IPv6 packet forwarding, unless the system is a router.

Note: If IPv6 is disabled on the system, this requirement is Not Applicable.

Check that IPv6 forwarding is disabled using the following commands:

$ sudo sysctl net.ipv6.conf.all.forwarding

net.ipv6.conf.all.forwarding = 0

If the IPv6 forwarding 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.all.forwarding /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.all.forwarding = 0

If "net.ipv6.conf.all.forwarding" 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-33184r818871_fix)
Configure RHEL 8 to not allow IPv6 packet forwarding, unless the system is a router.

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