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The SUSE operating system must be configured to use TCP syncookies.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-234829 SLES-15-010310 SV-234829r622137_rule Medium
Denial of Service (DoS) is a condition in which a resource is not available for legitimate users. When this occurs, the organization either cannot accomplish its mission or must operate at degraded capacity. Managing excess capacity ensures that sufficient capacity is available to counter flooding attacks. Employing increased capacity and service redundancy may reduce the susceptibility to some DoS attacks. Managing excess capacity may include, for example, establishing selected usage priorities, quotas, or partitioning.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-07


Check Text ( C-38017r618756_chk )
Verify the SUSE operating system is configured to use IPv4 TCP syncookies.

Check to see if syncookies are used with the following command:

> sudo sysctl net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies
net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 1

If the network parameter "ipv4.tcp_syncookies" is not equal to "1" or nothing is returned, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-37980r618757_fix)
Configure the SUSE operating system to use IPv4 TCP syncookies by running the following command as an administrator:

> sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies=1

If "1" is not the system's default value, add or update the following line in "/etc/sysctl.d/99-stig.conf":

> sudo sh -c 'echo "net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies=1" >> /etc/sysctl.d/99-stig.conf'

> sudo sysctl --system