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Date:	Tue, 6 Oct 2015 10:50:36 -0700
From:	Alexei Starovoitov <>
To:	Daniel Borkmann <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>
Cc:	"David S. Miller" <>,
	Andy Lutomirski <>,
	Hannes Frederic Sowa <>,
	Eric Dumazet <>,
	Kees Cook <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 1/2] bpf: enable non-root eBPF programs

On 10/6/15 1:39 AM, Daniel Borkmann wrote:
>>> [...] Also classic BPF would then need to test for it, since a socket
>>> filter
>>> doesn't really know whether native eBPF is loaded there or a
>>> classic-to-eBPF
>>> transformed one, and classic never makes use of this. Anyway, it
>>> could be done
>>> by adding a bit flag cb_access:1 to the bpf_prog, set it during eBPF
>>> verification phase, and test it inside sk_filter() if I see it
>>> correctly.
>> That could also be done in an unlikely() branch, to keep the cost to
>> the non-eBPF
>> case near zero.
> Yes, agreed. For the time being, the majority of users are coming from the
> classic BPF side anyway and the unlikely() could still be changed later on
> if it should not be the case anymore. The flag and bpf_func would share the
> same cacheline as well.

was also thinking that we can do it only in paths that actually
have multiple protocol layers, since today bpf is mainly used with
tcpdump(raw_socket) and new af_packet fanout both have cb cleared
on RX, because it just came out of alloc_skb and no layers were called,
and on TX we can clear 20 bytes in dev_queue_xmit_nit().
af_unix/netlink also have clean skb. Need to analyze tun and sctp...
but it feels overly fragile to save a branch in sk_filter,
so planning to go with
if(unlikely(prog->cb_access)) memset in sk_filter().

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