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Date:   Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:38:26 +0000
From:   Mira Ressel <>
To:     "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>, (open list:NETWORKING DRIVERS), (open list)
Cc:     Mira Ressel <>
Subject: [PATCH 1/2] veth: Initialize dev->perm_addr

Set the perm_addr of veth devices to whatever MAC has been assigned to
the device. Otherwise, it remains all zero, with the consequence that
ipv6_generate_stable_address() (which is used if the sysctl
net.ipv6.conf.DEV.addr_gen_mode is set to 2 or 3) assigns every veth
interface on a host the same link-local address.

The new behaviour matches that of several other virtual interface types
(such as gre), and as far as I can tell, perm_addr isn't used by any
other code sites that are relevant to veth.

Signed-off-by: Mira Ressel <>
 drivers/net/veth.c | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/net/veth.c b/drivers/net/veth.c
index e56cd562a664..af1a7cda6205 100644
--- a/drivers/net/veth.c
+++ b/drivers/net/veth.c
@@ -1342,6 +1342,8 @@ static int veth_newlink(struct net *src_net, struct net_device *dev,
 	if (!ifmp || !tbp[IFLA_ADDRESS])
+	memcpy(peer->perm_addr, peer->dev_addr, peer->addr_len);
 	if (ifmp && (dev->ifindex != 0))
 		peer->ifindex = ifmp->ifi_index;
@@ -1370,6 +1372,8 @@ static int veth_newlink(struct net *src_net, struct net_device *dev,
 	if (tb[IFLA_ADDRESS] == NULL)
+	memcpy(dev->perm_addr, dev->dev_addr, dev->addr_len);
 	if (tb[IFLA_IFNAME])
 		nla_strlcpy(dev->name, tb[IFLA_IFNAME], IFNAMSIZ);

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