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Date:	Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:46:09 +0100
From:	Martin Blumenstingl <>
	Martin Blumenstingl <>
Subject: [PATCH v3] packet: Allow packets with only a header (but no payload)

Commit 9c7077622dd91 ("packet: make packet_snd fail on len smaller
than l2 header") added validation for the packet size in packet_snd.
This change enforces that every packet needs a header (with at least
hard_header_len bytes) plus a payload with at least one byte. Before
this change the payload was optional.

This fixes PPPoE connections which do not have a "Service" or
"Host-Uniq" configured (which is violating the spec, but is still
widely used in real-world setups). Those are currently failing with the
following message: "pppd: packet size is too short (24 <= 24)"

Signed-off-by: Martin Blumenstingl <>
v3: Fixed a whitespace error (detected by and updated
    the commit message to point to the original commit correctly.
    Thanks to Sergei Shtylyov for reporting these.

v2: Simply change the existing logic in ll_header_truncated instead of
    splitting it and having multiple checks.

 include/linux/netdevice.h | 3 ++-
 net/packet/af_packet.c    | 4 ++--
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/netdevice.h b/include/linux/netdevice.h
index 67bfac1..9a488ed 100644
--- a/include/linux/netdevice.h
+++ b/include/linux/netdevice.h
@@ -1398,7 +1398,8 @@ enum netdev_priv_flags {
  *	@dma:		DMA channel
  *	@mtu:		Interface MTU value
  *	@type:		Interface hardware type
- *	@hard_header_len: Hardware header length
+ *	@hard_header_len: Hardware header length, which means that this is the
+ *				minimum size of a packet.
  *	@needed_headroom: Extra headroom the hardware may need, but not in all
  *			  cases can this be guaranteed
diff --git a/net/packet/af_packet.c b/net/packet/af_packet.c
index 1cf928f..992396a 100644
--- a/net/packet/af_packet.c
+++ b/net/packet/af_packet.c
@@ -2329,8 +2329,8 @@ static void tpacket_destruct_skb(struct sk_buff *skb)
 static bool ll_header_truncated(const struct net_device *dev, int len)
 	/* net device doesn't like empty head */
-	if (unlikely(len <= dev->hard_header_len)) {
-		net_warn_ratelimited("%s: packet size is too short (%d <= %d)\n",
+	if (unlikely(len < dev->hard_header_len)) {
+		net_warn_ratelimited("%s: packet size is too short (%d < %d)\n",
 				     current->comm, len, dev->hard_header_len);
 		return true;

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