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Date:	Tue, 8 Apr 2014 02:26:44 +0200
From:	Florian Westphal <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: Problems with fragments since gso skb forwarding changes in
 virtual environment

David Miller <> wrote:
> From: Florian Westphal <>
> Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 01:46:40 +0200
> > Looking at br_nf_dev_queue_xmit() in br_netfilter.c I see that it has
> > a bug (not related 'gso skbs in forwarding path' change): it assumes
> > that if skb->nfct is NULL no reassembly has taken place.  Thats not
> > true (can load ipv4 defrag module without ipv4 conntrack one), or
> > netfilter defragmented the packet but then protocol tracker returned
> > error ('INVALID' conntrack state in netfilter speak).
> > 
> > I admit its rare condition, but afaics br_nf_dev_queue_xmit is
> > supposed to re-fragment packets that have been subject to defrag.
> In fact, judging by commits:
> commit e179e6322ac334e21a3c6d669d95bc967e5d0a80
> Author: Bart De Schuymer <>
> Date:   Thu Apr 15 12:26:39 2010 +0200
>     netfilter: bridge-netfilter: Fix MAC header handling with IP DNAT
> and subsequently:
> commit c197facc8ea08062f8f949aade6a33649ee06771
> Author: <>
> Date:   Mon Apr 20 17:12:35 2009 +0200
>     netfilter: bridge: allow fragmentation of VLAN packets traversing a bridge
> I would say that we should simply remove the skb->nfct check
> altogether and everything will work fine.

I was thinking about tracking defrag-on-top-of-bridge in
skb->nf_bridge.  But after looking at the changes you're mentioning I
think you're right, I don't see how we can end up in
br_nf_dev_queue_xmit with packet-exceeding-MTU and said skb NOT being
a defragmented packet.

I am afraid IPv6 defrag also needs to be considered here 8-/

I'll look into it tomorrow.
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