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Date:	Sat, 21 Sep 2013 06:32:34 +0200
From:	Hannes Frederic Sowa <>
Subject: [PATCH net-next] net: neighbour: use source address of last enqueued packet for solicitation

Currently we always use the first member of the arp_queue to determine
the sender ip address of the arp packet (or in case of IPv6 - source
address of the ndisc packet). This skb is fixed as long as the queue is
not drained by a complete purge because of a timeout or by a successful

If the first packet enqueued on the arp_queue is from a local application
with a manually set source address and the to be discovered system
does some kind of uRPF checks on the source address in the arp packet
the resolving process hangs until a timeout and restarts. This hurts
communication with the participating network node.

This could be mitigated a bit if we use the latest enqueued skb's
source address for the resolving process, which is not as static as
the arp_queue's head. This change of the source address could result in
better recovery of a failed solicitation.

Cc: "David S. Miller" <>
Cc: Julian Anastasov <>
Reviewed-by: Julian Anastasov <>
Signed-off-by: Hannes Frederic Sowa <>
 net/core/neighbour.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/core/neighbour.c b/net/core/neighbour.c
index 6072610..ca15f32 100644
--- a/net/core/neighbour.c
+++ b/net/core/neighbour.c
@@ -867,7 +867,7 @@ static void neigh_invalidate(struct neighbour *neigh)
 static void neigh_probe(struct neighbour *neigh)
-	struct sk_buff *skb = skb_peek(&neigh->arp_queue);
+	struct sk_buff *skb = skb_peek_tail(&neigh->arp_queue);
 	/* keep skb alive even if arp_queue overflows */
 	if (skb)
 		skb = skb_copy(skb, GFP_ATOMIC);

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