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Date:	Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:50:14 -0500 (EST)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ipv4: ip_check_defrag must not modify skb before

From: Johannes Berg <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:45:52 +0100

> On Mon, 2012-12-10 at 13:41 -0500, David Miller wrote:
>> So the bug is that ip_check_defrag() has a precondition which is met
>> properly by all callers except AF_PACKET.
>> If this is the case, remind me why are we changing ip_check_defrag()
>> rather than the violator of the precondition?
> I don't think this is the case.
> If you're referring to my note about af_packet: the kernels where this
> goes into af_packet.c are the kernels that don't even have
> ip_check_defrag() because macvlan didn't exist/didn't have ip defrag
> support and af_packet had this code there -- see commit bc416d9768a.
> If you're not referring to my note about af_packet: both callers (there
> are only two) of ip_check_defrag() have this bug as far as I can tell
> because they're both in the part of the RX path where shared SKBs might
> happen.

You're right, I misinterpreted what's happening here.

My misunderstanding was that this was a situation where normal IPV4
input processing makes sure the SKB is unshared, and we had special
code paths that didn't make sure that was the case.

Rather, here, we have a special entrypoint for macvlan and AF_PACKET
which is supposed to take care of such issues since it is known to
execute in a different kind of environment.

I'm pretty sure I'll apply this, after I check a few more things,
thanks Johannes!
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