The AppleTalk protocol must be disabled or not installed.

From Oracle Linux 5 Security Technical Implementation Guide

Part of GEN007260

Associated with: CCI-000382

SV-63453r1_rule The AppleTalk protocol must be disabled or not installed.

Vulnerability discussion

The AppleTalk suite of protocols is no longer in common use. Binding this protocol to the network stack increases the attack surface of the host. Unprivileged local processes may be able to cause the system to dynamically load a protocol handler by opening a socket using the protocol.

Check content

Verify the AppleTalk protocol handler is prevented from dynamic loading. # grep 'install appletalk' /etc/modprobe.conf /etc/modprobe.d/* If anything is returned check that appletalk is disabled by having the executable set to '/bin/true'. If an uncommented line containing "appletalk" is found which has not been disabled, this is a finding.

Fix text

Prevent the AppleTalk protocol handler for dynamic loading. # echo "install appletalk /bin/true" >> /etc/modprobe.conf

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