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The Photon operating system must not respond to IPv4 Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echoes sent to a broadcast address.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258887 PHTN-40-000224 SV-258887r933722_rule Medium
Responding to broadcast (ICMP) echoes facilitates network mapping and provides a vector for amplification attacks.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62627r933720_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify ICMP echoes sent to a broadcast address are ignored:

# /sbin/sysctl net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts

Example result:

net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts = 1

If the "net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts" kernel parameter is not set to "1", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62536r933721_fix)
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Add or update the following line:

net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts = 1

At the command line, run the following command to load the new configuration:

# /sbin/sysctl --load /etc/sysctl.d/zz-stig-hardening.conf

Note: If the file zz-stig-hardening.conf does not exist, it must be created.