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Secured Domain Solaris OE Configuration

The modifications to secure a Sun Fire 15K domain's Solaris OE configuration resulted in reducing the number of TCP and UDP services listening from 93 to 4. Similarly, the number of registered RCP services went from 149 to 0. This represents a significant improvement in the security of the Solaris OE on a domain to enhance its security. Once the domain has been hardened, appropriate versions of SSH have been installed, and the system has been rebooted, the only network services that should be available should be similar to those listed here:

# netstat -a
  Local Address     Remote Address   State
-------------------- -------------------- -------
   *.*                  Unbound

Local Address Remote Address Swind Send-Q Rwind Recv-Q State
-------------------- -------------------- ----- ------ ----- - 
*.*         *.*        0   0 24576   0 IDLE
*.cvc_hostd *.*        0   0 24576   0 LISTEN
*.sun-dr    *.*        0   0 24576   0 LISTEN
*.32772     *.*        0   0 24576   0 LISTEN
*.22        *.*        0   0 24576   0 LISTEN

Local Address Remote Address Swind Send-Q Rwind Recv-Q State If 
--------------------------------- --------------------------
*.*     *.*             0   0 24576  0 IDLE       
*.cvc_hostd *.*         0   0 24576  0 LISTEN      
*.sun-dr  *.*           0   0 24576  0 LISTEN      
*.22    *.*             0   0 24576  0 LISTEN

Active UNIX domain sockets
Address Type     Vnode   Conn Local Addr   Remote Addr
3000b987cb8 stream-ord 3000b989c98 00000000 

After hardening, the daemons left running are:

 [xc4p02-b11/] uname -a
SunOS xc17p13-b5 5.8 Generic_108528-11 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-15000
[xc4p02-b11/] ps -ef
root  0 0 0 19:26:36 ?  0:02 sched
root  1 0 0 19:26:36 ?  0:00 /etc/init -
root  2 0 0 19:26:36 ?  0:00 pageout
root  3 0 0 19:26:36 ?  0:00 fsflush
root 394 1 0 19:27:05 ?  0:00 /usr/lib/saf/sac -t 300
root 286 1 0 19:26:55 ?  0:00 /usr/lib/utmpd
root 246 1 0 19:26:53 ?  0:00 /usr/platform/SUNW,Sun-Fire-15000/lib/sckmd
root 11 1 0 19:26:38 ?  0:00 /platform/SUNW,Sun-Fire-15000/lib/cvcd
root 59 1 0 19:26:45 ?  0:00 /usr/lib/sysevent/syseventd
root 61 1 0 19:26:45 ?  0:00 /usr/lib/sysevent/syseventconfd
root 68 1 0 19:26:47 ?  0:00 devfsadmd
root 279 1 0 19:26:55 ?  0:00 /usr/sbin/nscd
root 254 1 0 19:26:53 ?  0:00 /usr/sbin/inetd -s -t
root 262 1 0 19:26:53 ?  0:00 /usr/sbin/syslogd -t
root 265 1 0 19:26:54 ?  0:00 /usr/sbin/cron
root 397 394 0 19:27:05 ? 0:00 /usr/lib/saf/ttymon
root 305 1 0 19:26:56 ?  0:00 /usr/lib/efcode/sparcv9/efdaemon
root 325 1 0 19:26:58 ?  0:00 /opt/OBSDssh/sbin/prngd 
--cmdfile /etc/prngd.conf --seedfile
/etc/prngd-seed /v
root 378 1 0 19:27:04 ?  0:00 /opt/OBSDssh/sbin/sshd
root 407 1 0 19:27:56 ?  0:00 /usr/lib/sendmail -q15m
root 631 1 0 19:28:34 ?  0:00 /usr/lib/dcs

An additional check to validate the services available on the domain was performed using nmap, as follows:

# ./nmap -p 1-65535 -sS -sU

This port scan, using the popular freeware network scanner nmap command, was performed from a system external to the Sun Fire 15K frame. For more information about the nmap command, visit http://www.insecure.org/nmap

The scan verified that only the following network services are available from outside the frame of the Sun Fire 15K domain.

Starting nmap V. 2.54BETA22 ( http://www.insecure.org/nmap/ )
Interesting ports on xc4p02-b11.blueprints.Sun.COM (
Port    State    Service
22/tcp   open    ssh 
442/tcp  filtered  cvc_hostd        
665/tcp  filtered  sun-dr 

Nmap run completed -- 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 3 

This scan generated the following syslog error messages:

Sep 20 08:04:26 xc17p13-b5 ip: [ID 993989 kern.error] 
ip_fanout_tcp_listen: Policy Failure for the incoming packet (not 
secure); Source, Destination

Sep 20 08:04:27 xc17p13-b5 last message repeated 1 time

Sep 20 08:04:28 xc17p13-b5 sshd[357]: [ID 800047 auth.error] 
error: setsockopt SO_KEEPALIVE: Invalid argument

Sep 20 08:04:29 xc17p13-b5 ip: [ID 993989 kern.error] 
ip_fanout_tcp_listen: Policy Failure for the incoming packet (not 
secure); Source, Destination

Sep 20 08:04:30 xc17p13-b5 last message repeated 1 time

These error messages were produced by the nmap command as it attempted to access the Sun Fire 15K daemons cvcd and sckmd. Error messages were produced because the nmap IP packets did not conform to the IPsec security policies used to protect those ports. IPsec is used to encrypt all Sun Fire 15K traffic traversing the I1 or MAN internal network.

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