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The Photon operating system must not perform IPv4 packet forwarding.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258893 PHTN-40-000231 SV-258893r933740_rule Medium
Routing protocol daemons are typically used on routers to exchange network topology information with other routers. If this software is used when not required, system network information may be unnecessarily transmitted across the network.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62633r933738_chk )
If IP forwarding is required, for example if Kubernetes is installed, this is Not Applicable.

At the command line, run the following command to verify packet forwarding it disabled:

# /sbin/sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward

Expected result:

net.ipv4.ip_forward = 0

If the "net.ipv4.ip_forward" kernel parameter is not set to "0", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62542r933739_fix)
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Add or update the following line:

net.ipv4.ip_forward = 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.