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Date:   Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:21:06 +0200
From:   Johannes Berg <>
To:     Michal Kubecek <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] netlink: add NLA_REJECT policy type

On Wed, 2018-09-12 at 10:16 +0200, Michal Kubecek wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 09:32:45AM +0200, Johannes Berg wrote:
> > From: Johannes Berg <>
> > 
> > In some situations some netlink attributes may be used for output
> > only (kernel->userspace) or may be reserved for future use. It's
> > then helpful to be able to prevent userspace from using them in
> > messages sent to the kernel, since they'd otherwise be ignored and
> > any future will become impossible if this happens.
> > 
> > Add NLA_REJECT to the policy which does nothing but reject (with
> > EINVAL) validation of any messages containing this attribute.
> > 
> > The specific case I have in mind now is a shared nested attribute
> > containing request/response data, and it would be pointless and
> > potentially confusing to have userspace include response data in
> > the messages that actually contain a request.
> I find this feature very useful. Actually, I was a bit surprised when
> I found I can't mark an attribute "forbidden" using policy.


> IMHO it would be even nicer if one could also specify an error message
> to use in extack if NLA_REJECT is applied; the easiest way would be
> using .validation_data and passing extack to validate_nla() but I'm not
> sure if it wouldn't qualify as an abuse.

I think it's fine - validation data is by nature validation type
dependent, so we can document it here. I'll send a v2.


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