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Date:   Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:31:17 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] l2tp: Allow management of tunnels and session in user

From: Michael Weiß <>
Date: Tue,  7 Apr 2020 13:11:48 +0200

> Creation and management of L2TPv3 tunnels and session through netlink
> requires CAP_NET_ADMIN. However, a process with CAP_NET_ADMIN in a
> non-initial user namespace gets an EPERM due to the use of the
> genetlink GENL_ADMIN_PERM flag. Thus, management of L2TP VPNs inside
> an unprivileged container won't work.
> We replaced the GENL_ADMIN_PERM by the GENL_UNS_ADMIN_PERM flag
> similar to other network modules which also had this problem, e.g.,
> openvswitch (commit 4a92602aa1cd "openvswitch: allow management from
> inside user namespaces") and nl80211 (commit 5617c6cd6f844 "nl80211:
> Allow privileged operations from user namespaces").
> I tested this in the container runtime trustm3 (
> and was able to create l2tp tunnels and sessions in unpriviliged
> (user namespaced) containers using a private network namespace.
> For other runtimes such as docker or lxc this should work, too.
> Signed-off-by: Michael Weiß <>

Applied, thank you.

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