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Date:   Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:58:14 +0100
From:   Sabrina Dubroca <sd@...asysnail.net>
To:     Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@...il.com>
Cc:     netdev@...r.kernel.org, Jianlin Shi <jishi@...hat.com>,
        Stefano Brivio <sbrivio@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] net: enforce xmit_recursion for devices with a queue

2019-03-14, 10:51:49 -0700, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> 
> 
> On 03/14/2019 10:40 AM, Sabrina Dubroca wrote:
> > 2019-03-14, 07:56:10 -0700, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> On 03/14/2019 07:15 AM, Sabrina Dubroca wrote:
> >>> 2019-03-14, 05:58:03 -0700, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> On 03/14/2019 03:15 AM, Sabrina Dubroca wrote:
> >>>>> Commit 745e20f1b626 ("net: add a recursion limit in xmit path")
> >>>>> introduced a recursion limit, but it only applies to devices without a
> >>>>> queue. Virtual devices with a queue (either because they don't have
> >>>>> the IFF_NO_QUEUE flag, or because the administrator added one) can
> >>>>> still cause an unbounded recursion, via __dev_queue_xmit ->
> >>>>> __dev_xmit_skb -> qdisc_run -> __qdisc_run -> qdisc_restart ->
> >>>>> sch_direct_xmit -> dev_hard_start_xmit . Jianlin reported this in a
> >>>>> setup with 16 gretap devices stacked on top of one another.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> This patch prevents the stack overflow by incrementing xmit_recursion in
> >>>>> code paths that can call dev_hard_start_xmit() (like commit 745e20f1b626
> >>>>> did). If the recursion limit is exceeded, the packet is enqueued and the
> >>>>> qdisc is scheduled.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Reported-by: Jianlin Shi <jishi@...hat.com>
> >>>>> Signed-off-by: Sabrina Dubroca <sd@...asysnail.net>
> >>>>> Reviewed-by: Stefano Brivio <sbrivio@...hat.com>
> >>>>
> >>>> Hi Sabrina, thanks for the patch.
> >>>>
> >>>> Can't we detect this in the control path instead ?
> >>>
> >>> I don't see how. You could have a perfectly reasonable set of gretap
> >>> devices that trigger this situation from simply reshuffling the IP
> >>> addresses:
> >>>
> >>> gretap$x remote 1.1.$((x-1)).{1,2}
> >>> (all those addresses set on a single veth device)
> >>>
> >>> Then you move those addresses to the corresponding device
> >>> (1.1.${x}.{1,2} on gretap$x), and your machine crashes.
> >>>
> >>
> >> If this only can be done with gretap, why gretap cant implement the protection,
> >> outside of the fast path ?
> > 
> > It's not just gretap. VXLAN will do the same as long as you add a
> > qdisc. I expect other types of tunnels to behave like that.
> > 
> 
> It might make sense to add a helper using dev_queue_xmit()
> for tunnel users.
> 
> Then remove the xmit recursion stuff out of the dev_queue_xmit()
> 
> Lets make the fast path fast again.

Ok. I'm traveling next week, so I'll work on this when I get back.

Thanks for the comments.

-- 
Sabrina

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