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Date:   Tue, 19 May 2020 11:07:49 -0600
From:   David Ahern <>
To:     Roopa Prabhu <>
Cc:     David Miller <>,
        netdev <>,
        Nikolay Aleksandrov <>,
        Jiri Pirko <>,
        Ido Schimmel <>,
        Petr Machata <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 2/6] nexthop: support for fdb ecmp nexthops

On 5/19/20 11:02 AM, Roopa Prabhu wrote:
> What are the rules here.... does neighbor code only check for NDA_NH_ID
> because the strict start type is set to NDA_NH_ID ?

Lack of checking of unused attributes leads to the kernel silently
ignoring userspace data. From top of memory that has a few problems:

1. does the kernel support feature A (lack of probing for a feature),

2. kernel not implementing what the user requested and not telling the user,

3. impacting the ability to start using feature A in that code at some
point in the future (it was ignored in the past and garbage was passed
in, now suddenly that garbage is acted on).

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