NET0724 - TCP Keep-Alives must be enabled.


Network devices must have TCP Keep-Alives enabled for TCP sessions.

Idle TCP sessions can be susceptible to unauthorized access and hijacking attacks. By default, routers do not continually test whether a previously connected TCP endpoint is still reachable. If one end of a TCP connection idles out or terminates abnormally, the opposite end of the connection may still believe the session is available. These 'orphaned' sessions use up valuable router resources and can also be hijacked by an attacker. To mitigate this risk, routers must be configured to send periodic keepalive messages to check that the remote end of a session is still connected. If the remote device fails to respond to the keepalive message, the sending router will clear the connection and free resources allocated to the session.


Configure the device to enable TCP Keep-Alives.

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References: 800-53|SC-10, CAT|III, Rule-ID|SV-5615r3_rule, STIG-ID|NET0724, Vuln-ID|V-5615

Plugin: Cisco

Control ID: 2a5732e9e2c32510d306287e981e18340a18a4bc1cff922e29f2527dc36b7c18