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Date:   Sun, 7 Apr 2019 14:46:26 +0800
From:   linmiaohe <>
To:     David Ahern <>,
        Shrijeet Mukherjee <>, <>,
        <>, <>
CC:     Mingfangsen <>
Subject: [PATCH net v2] net: vrf: Fix ping failed when vrf mtu is set to 0

From: Miaohe Lin <>

When the mtu of a vrf device is set to 0, it would cause ping
failed. So I think we should limit vrf mtu in a reasonable range
to solve this problem. I set dev->min_mtu to 1280, so it will
works for both ipv4 and ipv6. And if dev->max_mtu still be 0
can be confusing, so I set dev->max_mtu to 0xFFFFU.

Here is the reproduce step:

1.Config vrf interface and set mtu to 0:
3: enp4s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel
master vrf1 state UP mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 52:54:00:9e:dd:c1 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff

2.Ping peer:
3: enp4s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel
master vrf1 state UP group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 52:54:00:9e:dd:c1 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet scope global enp4s0
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
connect: Network is unreachable

3.Set mtu to default value, ping works:
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=1.88 ms

Fixes: ad49bc6361ca2 ("net: vrf: remove MTU limits for vrf device")
Signed-off-by: Miaohe Lin <>
- fix patch commit message
- adjust to work for ipv6

 drivers/net/vrf.c | 10 ++++++++--
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/vrf.c b/drivers/net/vrf.c
index 7c1430ed0244..4d35d37f225a 100644
--- a/drivers/net/vrf.c
+++ b/drivers/net/vrf.c
@@ -43,6 +43,12 @@

 #define FIB_RULE_PREF  1000       /* default preference for FIB rules */

+/* The MTU is really irrelevant for VRF except for odd cases, so limit it
+ * to a reasonable range which both works for IPV4 and IPV6.
+ */
+#define VRF_MIN_MTU	1280      /* same as IPV6_MIN_MTU */
+#define VRF_MAX_MTU	0xFFFFU   /* same as IP_MAX_MTU */
 static unsigned int vrf_net_id;

 struct net_vrf {
@@ -1274,8 +1280,8 @@ static void vrf_setup(struct net_device *dev)
 	/* default to no qdisc; user can add if desired */
 	dev->priv_flags |= IFF_NO_QUEUE;

-	dev->min_mtu = 0;
-	dev->max_mtu = 0;
+	dev->min_mtu = VRF_MIN_MTU;
+	dev->max_mtu = VRF_MAX_MTU;

 static int vrf_validate(struct nlattr *tb[], struct nlattr *data[],

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