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Date:	Tue, 23 Oct 2007 17:31:25 +0300
From:	Timo Teräs <>
Subject: [PATCH RESEND] ip_gre: sendto/recvfrom NBMA address

When GRE tunnel is in NBMA mode, this patch allows an application to use
a PF_PACKET socket to:
- send a packet to specific NBMA address with sendto()
- use recvfrom() to receive packet and check which NBMA address it came from

Signed-off-by: Timo Teras <>


This is useful for implementing NHRP (and other low level protocols) over
NBMA GRE tunnels.

Posted about a week ago, but got no reply. Could someone comment on this?
Or commit it? Thanks.

net/ipv4/ip_gre.c |   12 +++++++++++-
1 files changed, 11 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/ipv4/ip_gre.c b/net/ipv4/ip_gre.c
index f151900..b1e3816 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/ip_gre.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/ip_gre.c
@@ -1033,7 +1033,6 @@ static int ipgre_tunnel_change_mtu(struct net_device *dev, int new_mtu)
	return 0;

/* Nice toy. Unfortunately, useless in real life :-)
  It allows to construct virtual multiprotocol broadcast "LAN"
  over the Internet, provided multicast routing is tuned.
@@ -1092,10 +1091,19 @@ static int ipgre_header(struct sk_buff *skb, struct net_device *dev,
	return -t->hlen;

+static int ipgre_header_parse(const struct sk_buff *skb, unsigned char *haddr)
+	struct iphdr *iph = (struct iphdr *) skb_mac_header(skb);
+	memcpy(haddr, &iph->saddr, 4);
+	return 4;
static const struct header_ops ipgre_header_ops = {
	.create	= ipgre_header,
+	.parse  = ipgre_header_parse,

static int ipgre_open(struct net_device *dev)
	struct ip_tunnel *t = netdev_priv(dev);
@@ -1197,6 +1205,8 @@ static int ipgre_tunnel_init(struct net_device *dev)
			dev->stop = ipgre_close;
+	} else {
+		dev->header_ops = &ipgre_header_ops;

	if (!tdev && tunnel->

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