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The Photon operating system must use a reverse-path filter for IPv4 network traffic.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258892 PHTN-40-000229 SV-258892r933737_rule Medium
Enabling reverse path filtering drops packets with source addresses that should not have been able to be received on the interface they were received on. It should not be used on systems that are routers for complicated networks but is helpful for end hosts and routers serving small networks.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62632r933735_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify IPv4 traffic is using a reverse path filter:

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

Expected result:

net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter = 1
net.ipv4.conf.default.rp_filter = 1

If the "rp_filter" kernel parameters are not set to "1", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62541r933736_fix)
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Add or update the following lines:

net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter = 1
net.ipv4.conf.default.rp_filter = 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.