Re: NIC in stealth mode?



I am a bit unclear on the context of the question. A stealth mode NIC is normally a NIC that hasn't got a protocol stack bound to it (no TCP/IP v4/v6 settings), IP forwarding disabled and under some circumstances the MAC address zeroed. This is normally called 'stealth mode NIC' and is a precondition for some network monitoring apps (IDS/IPS). Depending on the setup and the type of monitoring you are trying to achieve, normally choosing a NIC that you do not use and running the monitoring program telling it which interface should use to monitored (if you have more than 1 network card) should place the NIC in stealth mode automatically. However, if the interface is already on an IP address, things might not work properly. In this case on a RedHat system:

(you will need 'root' for this)
1)Find the interface you want to monitor from (say eth1).
2)Backup your /etc/sysconfig/network and /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts directories, in case you need to revert to the original settings quickly.
3)Edit the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 file to look like:
DEVICE=eth1
USERCTL=no
ONBOOT=yes
BOOTPROTO=
BROADCAST=
NETWORK=
NETMASK=
IPADDR=
IPV6INIT=no
4)/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifdown-ipv6 eth1
5)ifdown eth1
6)Make sure that /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward is set to 0 (no IP forwarding).

At this point, your eth1 NIC should be ready to be used in stealth mode by the monitoring application, which will attempt to use it.

If you say a bit more about the context, we could provide more help.

GM


Anne wrote:
Hi All, is there a way to put the Red Hat 4.0 NIC in Stealth mode? Or is
there any such thing?
Thank you for you help!
Anne

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