Cisco IOS Switch RTR STIG Version Comparison

Cisco IOS Switch RTR Security Technical Implementation Guide

Comparison

There are 12 differences between versions v1 r0.1 (Jan. 21, 2020) (the "left" version) and v2 r1 (April 23, 2021) (the "right" version).

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Title

The Cisco switch must be configured to have Cisco Express Forwarding enabled.

Check Content

Review the switch to verify that CEF is enabled. IPv4 Example: ip cef IPv6 Example: ipv6 cef If the switch is not configured to have CEF enabled, this is a finding.

Discussion

The Cisco Express Forwarding (CEF) switching mode replaces the traditional Cisco routing cache with a data structure that mirrors the entire system routing table. Because there is no need to build cache entries when traffic starts arriving for new destinations, CEF behaves more predictably when presented with large volumes of traffic addressed to many destinations such as a SYN flood attacks that. Because many SYN flood attacks use randomized source addresses to which the hosts under attack will reply to, there can be a substantial amount of traffic for a large number of destinations that the switch will have to handle. Consequently, switches configured for CEF will perform better under SYN floods directed at hosts inside the network than switches using the traditional cache.

Fix

Enable CEF IPv4 Example: ip cef IPv6 Example: ipv6 cef