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Date:   Thu, 5 Mar 2020 13:03:46 -0800
From:   Eric Dumazet <>
To:     Jiri Wiesner <>,
Cc:     "David S. Miller" <>,
        Mahesh Bandewar <>,
        Andreas Taschner <>,
        Michal Kubecek <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] ipvlan: do not add hardware address of master to its
 unicast filter list

On 3/5/20 11:31 AM, Jiri Wiesner wrote:
> There is a problem when ipvlan slaves are created on a master device that
> is a vmxnet3 device (ipvlan in VMware guests). The vmxnet3 driver does not
> support unicast address filtering. When an ipvlan device is brought up in
> ipvlan_open(), the ipvlan driver calls dev_uc_add() to add the hardware
> address of the vmxnet3 master device to the unicast address list of the
> master device, phy_dev->uc. This inevitably leads to the vmxnet3 master
> device being forced into promiscuous mode by __dev_set_rx_mode().
> Promiscuous mode is switched on the master despite the fact that there is
> still only one hardware address that the master device should use for
> filtering in order for the ipvlan device to be able to receive packets.
> The comment above struct net_device describes the uc_promisc member as a
> "counter, that indicates, that promiscuous mode has been enabled due to
> the need to listen to additional unicast addresses in a device that does
> not implement ndo_set_rx_mode()". Moreover, the design of ipvlan
> guarantees that only the hardware address of a master device,
> phy_dev->dev_addr, will be used to transmit and receive all packets from
> its ipvlan slaves. Thus, the unicast address list of the master device
> should not be modified by ipvlan_open() and ipvlan_stop() in order to make
> ipvlan a workable option on masters that do not support unicast address
> filtering.
> Fixes: 2ad7bf3638411 ("ipvlan: Initial check-in of the IPVLAN driver")
> Reported-by: Per Sundstrom <>
> Signed-off-by: Jiri Wiesner <>
> ---
>  drivers/net/ipvlan/ipvlan_main.c | 4 +---
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 3 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/drivers/net/ipvlan/ipvlan_main.c b/drivers/net/ipvlan/ipvlan_main.c
> index a70662261a5a..f23214003d42 100644
> --- a/drivers/net/ipvlan/ipvlan_main.c
> +++ b/drivers/net/ipvlan/ipvlan_main.c
> @@ -178,7 +178,7 @@ static int ipvlan_open(struct net_device *dev)
>  		ipvlan_ht_addr_add(ipvlan, addr);
>  	rcu_read_unlock();
> -	return dev_uc_add(phy_dev, phy_dev->dev_addr);
> +	return 0;
>  }
>  static int ipvlan_stop(struct net_device *dev)
> @@ -190,8 +190,6 @@ static int ipvlan_stop(struct net_device *dev)
>  	dev_uc_unsync(phy_dev, dev);
>  	dev_mc_unsync(phy_dev, dev);
> -	dev_uc_del(phy_dev, phy_dev->dev_addr);
> -
>  	rcu_read_lock();
>  	list_for_each_entry_rcu(addr, &ipvlan->addrs, anode)
>  		ipvlan_ht_addr_del(addr);

This makes perfect sense, not sure why we left these calls in ipvlan

Thanks for the patch !

Reviewed-by: Eric Dumazet <>

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