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Date:   Mon, 27 Apr 2020 17:45:12 -0600
From:   "Jason A. Donenfeld" <Jason@...c4.com>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>
Cc:     Toke Høiland-Jørgensen <toke@...hat.com>,
        Netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        Adhipati Blambangan <adhipati@...a.io>,
        David Ahern <dsahern@...il.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net v3] net: xdp: account for layer 3 packets in generic
 skb handler

On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason@...c4.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 3:31 PM Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org> wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 23:14:05 +0200 Toke Høiland-Jørgensen wrote:
> > > Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org> writes:
> > > > On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:52:54 -0700 Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> > > >> On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:42:08 -0600 Jason A. Donenfeld wrote:
> > > >> > A user reported that packets from wireguard were possibly ignored by XDP
> > > >> > [1]. Apparently, the generic skb xdp handler path seems to assume that
> > > >> > packets will always have an ethernet header, which really isn't always
> > > >> > the case for layer 3 packets, which are produced by multiple drivers.
> > > >> > This patch fixes the oversight. If the mac_len is 0, then we assume
> > > >> > that it's a layer 3 packet, and in that case prepend a pseudo ethhdr to
> > > >> > the packet whose h_proto is copied from skb->protocol, which will have
> > > >> > the appropriate v4 or v6 ethertype. This allows us to keep XDP programs'
> > > >> > assumption correct about packets always having that ethernet header, so
> > > >> > that existing code doesn't break, while still allowing layer 3 devices
> > > >> > to use the generic XDP handler.
> > > >>
> > > >> Is this going to work correctly with XDP_TX? presumably wireguard
> > > >> doesn't want the ethernet L2 on egress, either? And what about
> > > >> redirects?
> > > >>
> > > >> I'm not sure we can paper over the L2 differences between interfaces.
> > > >> Isn't user supposed to know what interface the program is attached to?
> > > >> I believe that's the case for cls_bpf ingress, right?
> > > >
> > > > In general we should also ask ourselves if supporting XDPgeneric on
> > > > software interfaces isn't just pointless code bloat, and it wouldn't
> > > > be better to let XDP remain clearly tied to the in-driver native use
> > > > case.
> > >
> > > I was mostly ignoring generic XDP for a long time for this reason. But
> > > it seems to me that people find generic XDP quite useful, so I'm no
> > > longer so sure this is the right thing to do...
> >
> > I wonder, maybe our documentation is not clear. IOW we were saying that
> > XDP is a faster cls_bpf, which leaves out the part that XDP only makes
> > sense for HW/virt devices.
> >
> > Kinda same story as XDP egress, folks may be asking for it but that
> > doesn't mean it makes sense.
> >
> > Perhaps the original reporter realized this and that's why they
> > disappeared?
> >
> > My understanding is that XDP generic is aimed at testing and stop gap
> > for drivers which don't implement native. Defining behavior based on
> > XDP generic's needs seems a little backwards, and risky.
> >
> > That said, I don't feel particularly strongly about this.
>
> Okay, well, I'll continue developing the v3 approach a little further
> -- making sure I have tx path handled too and whatnot. Then at least
> something viable will be available, and you can take or leave it
> depending on what you all decide.

Actually, it looks like egress XDP still hasn't been merged. So I
think this patch should be good to go in terms of what it is.

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