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The system must implement virtual address space randomization.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-217909 RHEL-06-000078 SV-217909r505923_rule Medium
Address space layout randomization (ASLR) makes it more difficult for an attacker to predict the location of attack code he or she has introduced into a process's address space during an attempt at exploitation. Additionally, ASLR also makes it more difficult for an attacker to know the location of existing code in order to repurpose it using return oriented programming (ROP) techniques.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2020-09-03


Check Text ( C-19390r376742_chk )
The status of the "kernel.randomize_va_space" kernel parameter can be queried by running the following commands:

$ sysctl kernel.randomize_va_space
kernel.randomize_va_space = 2

$ grep kernel.randomize_va_space /etc/sysctl.conf /etc/sysctl.d/*
kernel.randomize_va_space = 2

If "kernel.randomize_va_space" is not configured in the /etc/sysctl.conf file or in the /etc/sysctl.d/ directory, is commented out, or does not have a value of "2", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-19388r376743_fix)
To set the runtime status of the "kernel.randomize_va_space" kernel parameter, run the following command:

# sysctl -w kernel.randomize_va_space=2

Set the system to the required kernel parameter by adding the following line to "/etc/sysctl.conf" or a config file in the /etc/sysctl.d/ directory (or modify the line to have the required value):

kernel.randomize_va_space = 2

Issue the following command to make the changes take effect:

# sysctl --system