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Date:   Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:41:09 +0200
From:   Bram Yvakh <>
        Steffen Klassert <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH ipsec] xfrmi: drop ignore_df check before updating pmtu

On 7/08/2020 16:47, Sabrina Dubroca wrote:
> 2020-08-04, 14:32:56 +0200, Bram Yvakh wrote:
>> On 4/08/2020 11:37, Sabrina Dubroca wrote:
>>> diff --git a/net/xfrm/xfrm_interface.c b/net/xfrm/xfrm_interface.c
>>> index b615729812e5..ade2eba863b3 100644
>>> --- a/net/xfrm/xfrm_interface.c
>>> +++ b/net/xfrm/xfrm_interface.c
>>> @@ -292,7 +292,7 @@ xfrmi_xmit2(struct sk_buff *skb, struct net_device *dev, struct flowi *fl)
>>>  	}
>>>  	mtu = dst_mtu(dst);
>>> -	if (!skb->ignore_df && skb->len > mtu) {
>>> +	if (skb->len > mtu) {

> Yeah, it's the most simple xfrmi setup possible (directly connected by
> a veth),
Thanks, that gives me something to experiment with;
Could you you share what kernel your testing with? (i.e. what
> and just run ping on it. ping sets DF, we want an exception
> to be created, but this test prevents it.
As I said dropping the test currently doesn't make sense to me.
I would expect that the 'ignore_df' flag is not set on the device, and
if it's set then I would expect things to work.

> The packet ends up being dropped in xfrm_output_one because of the mtu
> check in xfrm4_tunnel_check_size.
That's the bit that does not (yet) make senes to me..
Looking at net-next/master (bfdd5aaa54b0a44d9df550fe4c9db7e1470a11b8)


	static int xfrm4_tunnel_check_size(struct sk_buff *skb)
		int mtu, ret = 0;
		if (IPCB(skb)->flags & IPSKB_XFRM_TUNNEL_SIZE)
			goto out;
		if (!(ip_hdr(skb)->frag_off & htons(IP_DF)) || skb->ignore_df)
			goto out;
		mtu = dst_mtu(skb_dst(skb));
		if ((!skb_is_gso(skb) && skb->len > mtu) ||
		    (skb_is_gso(skb) &&
		     !skb_gso_validate_network_len(skb, ip_skb_dst_mtu(skb->sk, skb)))) {
			skb->protocol = htons(ETH_P_IP);
			if (skb->sk)
				xfrm_local_error(skb, mtu);
				icmp_send(skb, ICMP_DEST_UNREACH,
					  ICMP_FRAG_NEEDED, htonl(mtu));
			ret = -EMSGSIZE;
		return ret;

*If* skb->ignore_df is set then it *skips* the mtu check.

In other words: 'xfrm4_tunnel_check_size' only cares about the mtu if ignore_df isn't set.
The original code in 'xfrmi_xmit2': only checks the mtu if ignore_df isn't set. (-> looks consistent)

With your patch: 'xfrmi_xmit2' now always checks the mtu whereas 'xfrm4_tunnel_check_size' only checks it when ignore_df isn't set.

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