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Date:	Tue, 19 Aug 2008 08:54:41 -0700
From:	Stephen Hemminger <>
Subject: [RFC] ipv6: protocol for address routes

This fixes a problem spotted with zebra, but not sure if it is necessary a kernel problem.
With IPV6 when an address is added to an interface, Zebra creates a duplicate RIB
entry, one as a connected route, and other as a kernel route.

When an address is added to an interface the RTN_NEWADDR message causes Zebra
to create a connected route. In IPV4 when an address is added to an interface a RTN_NEWROUTE
message is set to user space with the protocol RTPROT_KERNEL. Zebra ignores these messages,
because it already has the connected route.

The problem is that route created in IPV6 has route protocol == RTPROT_BOOT.
Was this a design decision or a bug? This fixes it. Same patch applies to both
net-2.6 and stable.

Signed-off-by: Stephen Hemminger <>

--- a/net/ipv6/addrconf.c	2008-08-18 21:58:51.000000000 -0700
+++ b/net/ipv6/addrconf.c	2008-08-18 22:00:26.000000000 -0700
@@ -1688,6 +1688,7 @@ addrconf_prefix_route(struct in6_addr *p
 		.fc_dst_len = plen,
 		.fc_flags = RTF_UP | flags,
 		.fc_nlinfo.nl_net = dev_net(dev),
+		.fc_protocol = RTPROT_KERNEL,
 	ipv6_addr_copy(&cfg.fc_dst, pfx);
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