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Date:   Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:33:29 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
To:     aranea@...ah.de
Cc:     kuba@...nel.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] veth: Initialize dev->perm_addr

From: Mira Ressel <aranea@...ah.de>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 16:29:01 +0000

> On Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 08:28:57AM -0700, David Miller wrote:
>> From: Mira Ressel <aranea@...ah.de>
>> Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 15:20:00 +0000
>> 
>> > I'm setting the peer->perm_addr, which would otherwise be zero, to its
>> > dev_addr, which has been either generated randomly by the kernel or
>> > provided by userland in a netlink attribute.
>> 
>> Which by definition makes it not necessarily a "permanent address" and
>> therefore is subject to being different across boots, which is exactly
>> what you don't want to happen for automatic address generation.
> 
> That's true, but since veth devices aren't backed by any hardware, I
> unfortunately don't have a good source for a permanent address. The only
> inherently permanent thing about them is their name.
> 
> People who use the default eui64-based address generation don't get
> persistent link-local addresses for their veth devices out of the box
> either -- the EUI64 is derived from the device's dev_addr, which is
> randomized by default.
> 
> If that presents a problem for anyone, they can configure their userland
> to set the dev_addr to a static value, which handily fixes this problem
> for both address generation algorithms.
> 
> I'm admittedly glancing over one problem here -- I'm only setting the
> perm_addr during device creation, whereas userland can change the
> dev_addr at any time. I'm not sure if it'd make sense here to update the
> perm_addr if the dev_addr is changed later on?

We are talking about which parent device address to inherit from, you
have choosen to use dev_addr and I am saying you should use perm_addr.

Can you explain why this isn't clear?

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