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Date:	Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:34:46 +0100
From:	Steffen Klassert <steffen.klassert@...unet.com>
To:	Ben Hutchings <bhutchings@...arflare.com>
Cc:	"Yurij M. Plotnikov" <Yurij.Plotnikov@...etlabs.ru>,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org,
	"Alexandra N. Kossovsky" <Alexandra.Kossovsky@...etlabs.ru>
Subject: Re: PMTU discovery is broken on kernel 3.7.1 for UDP sockets

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 07:37:44PM +0000, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-12-19 at 18:27 +0400, Yurij M. Plotnikov wrote:
> > On 12/19/12 17:35, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2012-12-19 at 17:10 +0400, Yurij M. Plotnikov wrote:
> > >    
> > >> On kernel 3.7.1 I get strange behaviour of IP_MTU_DISCOVER socket
> > >> option. The behaviour in case of IP_PMTUDISC_DO and IP_PMTUDISC_WANT
> > >> values of IP_MTU_DISCOVER socket option on SOCK_DGRAM socket are the
> > >> same and packet is always sent with "Don't Fragment" bit in case of
> > >> IP_PMTUDISC_WANT. Also, the value of IP_MTU socket option is not updated.
> > >>      
> > > You could try reverting:
> > >
> > > commit ee9a8f7ab2edf801b8b514c310455c94acc232f6
> > > Author: Steffen Klassert<steffen.klassert@...unet.com>
> > > Date:   Mon Oct 8 00:56:54 2012 +0000
> > >
> > >      ipv4: Don't report stale pmtu values to userspace
> > >
> > >      We report cached pmtu values even if they are already expired.
> > >      Change this to not report these values after they are expired
> > >      and fix a race in the expire time calculation, as suggested by
> > >      Eric Dumazet.
> > >
> > > Still, PMTU information is not supposed to expire for 10 minutes...
> > >
> > >    
> > With reverted commit there is no such problem on 3.7.1: IP_MTU is 
> > updated and DF is set only for the first packet in case of 
> > IP_PMTUDISC_WANT.
> [...]
> 
> So it looks like something is going wrong with the expiry calculation
> here.
> 
> This change shouldn't affect the PMTU actually used by the kernel, but
> could affect Onload since that relies on netlink route updates to keep
> in synch.  You didn't say you were using Onload, but if you are then we
> should not bother netdev with this until we can demonstrate a problem
> that involves only the kernel stack.
> 

I'm really surprised that this change can have such an effect,
it changes nothing at the kernels pmtu handling. When looking
at the code, I found that we may report a mtu value from a stale
dst_entry when we query the mtu value with the IP_MTU socket
option. But a subsequent send() should update the socket cached
dst_entry, so at most one packet should be affected.

Does the patch below change anything?


diff --git a/net/ipv4/ip_sockglue.c b/net/ipv4/ip_sockglue.c
index 3c9d208..1049ce0 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/ip_sockglue.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/ip_sockglue.c
@@ -1198,7 +1198,7 @@ static int do_ip_getsockopt(struct sock *sk, int level, int optname,
 	{
 		struct dst_entry *dst;
 		val = 0;
-		dst = sk_dst_get(sk);
+		dst = sk_dst_check(sk, 0);
 		if (dst) {
 			val = dst_mtu(dst);
 			dst_release(dst);
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