17.9. The MAC Interface Silencing Policy

Module name: mac_ifoff.ko

Kernel configuration line: options MAC_IFOFF

Boot option: mac_ifoff_load="YES"

The mac_ifoff(4) module exists solely to disable network interfaces on the fly and keep network interfaces from being brought up during system boot. It does not require any labels to be set up on the system, nor does it depend on other MAC modules.

Most of this module's control is performed through the sysctl tunables listed below.

One of the most common uses of mac_ifoff(4) is network monitoring in an environment where network traffic should not be permitted during the boot sequence. Another suggested use would be to write a script which uses security/aide to automatically block network traffic if it finds new or altered files in protected directories.

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