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Date:	Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:56:33 +0200
From:	Felix Fietkau <>
To:	Stephen Hemminger <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] bridge: allow receiption on disabled port

On 2013-10-10 10:36 PM, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:52:50 +0200
> Felix Fietkau <> wrote:
>> When an ethernet device is enslaved to a bridge, and the bridge STP
>> detects loss of carrier (or operational state down), then normally
>> packet receiption is blocked.
>> This breaks control applications like WPA which maybe expecting to
>> receive packets to negotiate to bring link up. The bridge needs to
>> block forwarding packets from these disabled ports, but there is no
>> hard requirement to not allow local packet delivery.
>> Signed-off-by: Stephen Hemminger <>
>> Signed-off-by: Felix Fietkau <>
> No. This will cause duplicate packets to be delivered.
How? I haven't observed any duplications in my tests with this patch.

> If doing a link layer protocol like WPA then it should be done directly
> on the underlying device, not the bridge itself.
When the ETH_P_PAE protocol is set for the packet socket inside
wpa_supplicant, the bridge steals all packets before the protocol
handler gets them.
In __netif_receive_skb_core, only ptype_all gets processed before the rx
handler, not ptype_base.

- Felix
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