Intel Ethernet Driver Advanced Settings for Security/Privacy
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There are some settings found on Device Manager > Ethernet Driver > Advanced Tab.
Are there suggestions for any of these settings? or any suggestion to improve ethernet driver security?
Adaptive Inter-Frame Spacing Enable PME Energy Efficient Ethemet Flow Control Gigabit Master Slave Mode Interrupt Moderation Interrupt Moderation Rate IPv4 Checksum Offload Jumbo Packet Large Send Offload V2 (IPv4) Large Send Offload V2 (IPv6) Legacy Switch Compatibility Mode Locally Administered Address Log Link State Event Maximum Number of RSS Queues Packet Priority & VLAN Protocol ARP Offload Protocol NS Offload Receive Buffers Receive Side Scaling Reduce Speed On Power Down Speed & Duplex System Idle Power Saver TCP Checksum Offload (IPv4) TCP Checksum Offload (IPv6) Transmit Buffers UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4) UDP Checksum Offload (IPv6) Wait for Link Wake on Link Settings Wake on Magic Packet Wake on Pattern Match
In general, there's very little that involves configuring an Ethernet driver that can control security or privacy. The job of an Ethernet driver is to get data from the kernel, where it's formed into packets, and turn it into actual signals on the wire. The Ethernet driver doesn't generally have a lot of say in what data it gets; that job is handled by the kernel or the application.
Things that impact security are going to usually involve how the kernel handles packets and the network stack, such as SYN cookies or spoofed packet handling, or things at a higher level, like the use of TLS. There could be settings that impact performance (such as checksum offloading) and therefore impact the ability of the kernel to handle more packets in a DoS attack, but generally those settings have sane defaults and the impact isn't going to be that substantial. You are also not going to be able to stave off a substantial DDoS attack by controlling these settings anyway.
So overall, I wouldn't think of any of these settings in terms of security or privacy. It's probably sufficient to make sure you're applying security updates on a regular basis and to think in terms of higher level things (e.g., using only HTTPS websites, avoiding running sketchy programs, and similar).