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Date:   Fri, 15 May 2020 21:07:09 +0300 (EEST)
From:   Julian Anastasov <>
To:     Andrew Sy Kim <>
cc:     Wensong Zhang <>,
        Simon Horman <>,
        Pablo Neira Ayuso <>,
        Jozsef Kadlecsik <>,
        Florian Westphal <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        "open list:IPVS" <>,
        "open list:IPVS" <>,
        "open list:NETFILTER" <>,
        "open list:NETFILTER" <>,
        open list <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] netfilter/ipvs: expire no destination UDP connections
 when expire_nodest_conn=1


On Thu, 14 May 2020, Andrew Sy Kim wrote:

> When expire_nodest_conn=1 and an IPVS destination is deleted, IPVS
> doesn't expire connections with the IP_VS_CONN_F_ONE_PACKET flag set (any
> UDP connection). If there are many UDP packets to a virtual server from a
> single client and a destination is deleted, many packets are silently
> dropped whenever an existing connection entry with the same source port
> exists. This patch ensures IPVS also expires UDP connections when a
> packet matches an existing connection with no destinations.
> Signed-off-by: Andrew Sy Kim <>
> ---
>  net/netfilter/ipvs/ip_vs_core.c | 3 +--
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/net/netfilter/ipvs/ip_vs_core.c b/net/netfilter/ipvs/ip_vs_core.c
> index aa6a603a2425..f0535586fe75 100644
> --- a/net/netfilter/ipvs/ip_vs_core.c
> +++ b/net/netfilter/ipvs/ip_vs_core.c
> @@ -2116,8 +2116,7 @@ ip_vs_in(struct netns_ipvs *ipvs, unsigned int hooknum, struct sk_buff *skb, int
>  		else
>  			ip_vs_conn_put(cp);

	Above ip_vs_conn_put() should free the ONE_PACKET
connections because:

- such connections never start timer, they are designed
to exist just to schedule the packet, then they are released.
- noone takes extra references

	So, ip_vs_conn_put() simply calls ip_vs_conn_expire()
where connections should be released immediately. As result,
we can not access cp after this point here. That is why we work
just with 'flags' below...

	Note that not every UDP connection has ONE_PACKET
flag, it is present if you configure it for the service.
Do you have -o/--ops flag? If not, the UDP connection
should expire before the next jiffie. This is the theory,
in practice, you may observe some problem...

> -		if (sysctl_expire_nodest_conn(ipvs) &&
> -		    !(flags & IP_VS_CONN_F_ONE_PACKET)) {
> +		if (sysctl_expire_nodest_conn(ipvs)) {
>  			/* try to expire the connection immediately */
>  			ip_vs_conn_expire_now(cp);
>  		}

	You can also look at the discussion which resulted in
the last patch for this place:


Julian Anastasov <>

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