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Date:   Tue,  5 Dec 2017 14:46:22 -0800
From:   Kevin Cernekee <>
Subject: [PATCH] netlink: Add netns check on taps

Currently, a nlmon link inside a child namespace can observe systemwide
netlink activity.  Filter the traffic so that in a non-init netns,
nlmon can only sniff netlink messages from its own netns.

Test case:

    vpnns -- bash -c "ip link add nlmon0 type nlmon; \
                      ip link set nlmon0 up; \
                      tcpdump -i nlmon0 -q -w /tmp/nlmon.pcap -U" &
    sudo ip xfrm state add src dst proto esp \
        spi 0x1 mode transport \
        auth sha1 0x6162633132330000000000000000000000000000 \
        enc aes 0x00000000000000000000000000000000
    grep abc123 /tmp/nlmon.pcap

Signed-off-by: Kevin Cernekee <>
 net/netlink/af_netlink.c | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/net/netlink/af_netlink.c b/net/netlink/af_netlink.c
index b9e0ee4..88381a2 100644
--- a/net/netlink/af_netlink.c
+++ b/net/netlink/af_netlink.c
@@ -253,6 +253,11 @@ static int __netlink_deliver_tap_skb(struct sk_buff *skb,
 	struct sock *sk = skb->sk;
 	int ret = -ENOMEM;
+	if (!net_eq(dev_net(dev), sock_net(sk)) &&
+	    !net_eq(dev_net(dev), &init_net)) {
+		return 0;
+	}
 	if (is_vmalloc_addr(skb->head))

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