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Date:	Fri, 07 May 2010 17:15:21 -0700
From:	John Fastabend <>
To:	Jay Vosburgh <>
CC:	"" 
	"" <>,
	"Leech, Christopher" <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: deliver skbs on inactive slaves to exact matches

John Fastabend wrote:
> Jay Vosburgh wrote:
>> John Fastabend <> wrote:
>>> Currently, the accelerated receive path for VLAN's will
>>> drop packets if the real device is an inactive slave and
>>> is not one of the special pkts tested for in
>>> skb_bond_should_drop().  This behavior is different then
>>> the non-accelerated path and for pkts over a bonded vlan.
>>> For example,
>>> vlanx -> bond0 -> ethx
>>> will be dropped in the vlan path and not delivered to any
>>> packet handlers.  However,
>>> bond0 -> vlanx -> ethx
>>> will be delivered to handlers that match the exact dev,
>>> because the VLAN path checks the real_dev which is not a
>>> slave and netif_recv_skb() doesn't drop frames but only
>>> delivers them to exact matches.
>>> This patch adds a pkt_type PACKET_DROP which is now used
>>> to identify skbs that would previously been dropped and
>>> allows the skb to continue to skb_netif_recv().  Here we
>>> add logic to check for PACKET_DROP and if so only deliver
>>> to handlers that match exactly.  IMHO this is more
>>> consistent and gives pkt handlers a way to identify skbs
>>> that come from inactive slaves.
>> 	I was looking at this some yesterday and this morning, trying to
>> figure out if a packet going up the IP protocol stack with pkt_type ==
>> PACKET_DROP would break anything.  For example:
>> net/ipv4/ip_options.c:
>> int ip_options_rcv_srr(struct sk_buff *skb)
>> {
>> [...]
>>         if (!opt->srr)
>>                 return 0;
>>         if (skb->pkt_type != PACKET_HOST)
>>                 return -EINVAL;
>> 	or:
>> net/ipv4/tcp_ipv4.c:
>> int tcp_v4_rcv(struct sk_buff *skb)
>> {
>>         const struct iphdr *iph;
>>         struct tcphdr *th;
>>         struct sock *sk;
>>         int ret;
>>         struct net *net = dev_net(skb->dev);
>>         if (skb->pkt_type != PACKET_HOST)
>>                 goto discard_it;
>> 	Is pkt_type == PACKET_DROP instead going to break things for
>> these, or the other similar cases?
>> 	I think what you're looking for is really the usual PACKET_HOST,
>> PACKET_OTHERHOST, et al, upper protocol behavior, with the exception
>> that at the __netif_receive_skb level, wildcard matches in the ptypes
>> are not done.  Setting the pkt_type to PACKET_DROP loses the _HOST,
>> _OTHERHOST, etc, information, but sends the packet up the stack anyway,
>> and I'm not sure that's really the right thing to do.
> Because we wouldn't be doing wildcard matches the skb shouldn't be 
> passed to the IP protocol stack.  Really what we want is the ip_rcv() to 
> drop the skb in this case,
> net/ipv4/ip_input.c
> int ip_rcv(struct sk_buff *skb, struct net_device *dev, struct 
> packet_type *pt, struct net_device *orig_dev)
> {
> [...]
> if (skb->pkt_type == PACKET_OTHERHOST ||
>      skb->pkt_type == PACKET_DROP)
> 	goto drop;
> We do lose some information about the packet _HOST, _OTHERHOST, etc, but 
> we also gain something namely that the packet was received on an 
> inactive slave.  Currently, we pass these frames up the stack (for non 
> wildcard matches) without any indication that they were received on an 
> inactive slave.
> What we need is a way for the VLAN path to flag skbs so that wildcard 
> matches in the ptyes are not done.  Also I think it may be valuable for 
> the packet handler to be able to determine if the skb is coming from an 
> inactive slave.  I think using the pkt_type field might be OK any ideas 
> for a better field?
> Thanks,
> John

Another possibility which would keep the pkt_type info would be to add a 
  flag to the flags2 field in the sk_buff struct.  Seeing as there is 
already a u8 there for ndisc_nodetype this should work.

diff --git a/include/linux/skbuff.h b/include/linux/skbuff.h
index 82f5116..bb1bc22 100644
--- a/include/linux/skbuff.h
+++ b/include/linux/skbuff.h
@@ -374,8 +374,13 @@ struct sk_buff {

         __u16                   queue_mapping:16;
+       __u8                    ndisc_nodetype:2,
+                               bond_should_drop:1;
         __u8                    ndisc_nodetype:2;
+#elif defined(CONFIG_BONDING)
+       __u8                    bond_should_drop:1;

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