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The Photon operating system must not send IPv4 Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) redirects.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258890 PHTN-40-000227 SV-258890r933731_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.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62630r933729_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify ICMP send redirects are not accepted:

# /sbin/sysctl -a --pattern "net.ipv4.conf.(all|default).send_redirects"

Expected result:

net.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects = 0
net.ipv4.conf.default.send_redirects = 0

If the "send_redirects" kernel parameters are not set to "0", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62539r933730_fix)
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Add or update the following lines:

net.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects = 0
net.ipv4.conf.default.send_redirects = 0

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.