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Date:   Mon, 1 May 2017 12:36:46 +0200
From:   Simon Horman <>
To:     Jamal Hadi Salim <>
Cc:     Jiri Pirko <>,
        Cong Wang <>,
        Dinan Gunawardena <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH/RFC net-next 0/4] net/sched: cls_flower: avoid false
 matching of truncated packets

On Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 09:51:30AM -0400, Jamal Hadi Salim wrote:
> On 17-04-28 10:14 AM, Simon Horman wrote:
> >On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 09:41:00AM -0400, Jamal Hadi Salim wrote:
> >>On 17-04-28 09:11 AM, Simon Horman wrote:
> [..]
> >>A default lower prio match all on udp or icmp?
> >
> >I'm certainly not opposed to exploring ideas here.
> >
> >The way that flower currently works is that a match on ip_proto ==
> >UDP/TCP/SCTP/ICMP but not fields in the L4 header itself would not result in
> >the dissector only dissecting the packet's L4 header and thus would not
> >discover (or as in currently the case, silently ignore) the absence of the
> >ports/ICMP type and code in the L4 header.
> >
> >What my patch attempts to do is to describe a policy of what to do if
> >a given classifier invokes the dissector (to pull out the headers needed for
> >the match in question) and that dissection fails. Its basically describing
> >the error-path.
> >
> Understood - I was struggling with whether error-path is the same as
> "didnt match".
> >
> >There are two issues:
> >
> >1. As things stand, without this patch-set, flower does not differentiate
> >   between a packet truncated at the end of the IP header and a packet with
> >   zero ports. Likewise for icmp type and code of zero.
> >
> >   The first three patches of this series address that so that a match for
> >   port == zero only matches if ports are present in the packet. Again,
> >   likewise for ICMP.
> >
> >   This is a bug-fix to my way of thinking.
> Agreed to bug fix. I would have said there is never a legit packet with
> TCP/UDP but I think some fingerprinting apps use it. And one would need
> to distinguish between the two at classification time.

Yes, that is basically what I thought too.

> ICMP type 0 is certainly used.


> minimal some flag should qualify it as "truncated".


> >2. The behaviour described above, prior to this patchset, might have been
> >   utilised to f.e. drop packets that are either truncated or have port == 0
> >   (because flower didn't differentiate between these cases).
> >
> >   So the question becomes if/how to provide such a feature.
> >   The last patch is my attempt to answer that question.
> It almost feels like you need metadata matching as well - one being
> "truncated".

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