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Date:   Wed, 20 May 2020 16:33:30 +0200
From:   Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
To:     Edward Cree <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2] net: flow_offload: simplify hw stats check

On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 07:26:42PM +0100, Edward Cree wrote:
> On 19/05/2020 18:35, Pablo Neira Ayuso wrote:
> > Netfilter is a client of this flow offload API, you have to test that
> > your core updates do not break any of existing clients.
> Okay, but can we distinguish between "this needs to be tested with
>  netfilter before it can be merged" and "this is breaking netfilter"?
> Or do you have a specific reason why you think this is broken, beyond
>  merely 'it isn't tested'?

This breaks netfilter in two ways !

#1 Drivers calling flow_action_hw_stats_check() fall within the
second branch (check_allow_bit is set on).

        } else if (check_allow_bit &&

@@ -340,11 +342,9 @@ __flow_action_hw_stats_check(const struct flow_action *action,
                return false;

        action_entry = flow_action_first_entry_get(action);
-       if (action_entry->hw_stats == FLOW_ACTION_HW_STATS_DONT_CARE)
-               return true;

        if (!check_allow_bit &&
-           action_entry->hw_stats != FLOW_ACTION_HW_STATS_ANY) {
+           ~action_entry->hw_stats & FLOW_ACTION_HW_STATS_ANY) {
                NL_SET_ERR_MSG_MOD(extack, "Driver supports only default HW stats type \"any\"");
                return false;
        } else if (check_allow_bit &&         <------ HERE

These drivers are not honoring the _DONT_CARE bit,
__flow_action_hw_stats_check() with check_allow_bit set on does not
honor the _DONT_CARE bit.

#2 Your patch needs to update Netfilter to set hw_stats to

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