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Date:   Thu, 10 Sep 2020 12:01:19 -0700
From:   Florian Fainelli <>
To:     Vladimir Oltean <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH] __netif_receive_skb_core: don't untag vlan from skb
 on DSA master

On 9/10/2020 9:22 AM, Vladimir Oltean wrote:
> A DSA master interface has upper network devices, each representing an
> Ethernet switch port attached to it. Demultiplexing the source ports and
> setting skb->dev accordingly is done through the catch-all ETH_P_XDSA
> packet_type handler. Catch-all because DSA vendors have various header
> implementations, which can be placed anywhere in the frame: before the
> DMAC, before the EtherType, before the FCS, etc. So, the ETH_P_XDSA
> handler acts like an rx_handler more than anything.
> It is unlikely for the DSA master interface to have any other upper than
> the DSA switch interfaces themselves. Only maybe a bridge upper*, but it
> is very likely that the DSA master will have no 8021q upper. So
> __netif_receive_skb_core() will try to untag the VLAN, despite the fact
> that the DSA switch interface might have an 8021q upper. So the skb will
> never reach that.
> So far, this hasn't been a problem because most of the possible
> placements of the DSA switch header mentioned in the first paragraph
> will displace the VLAN header when the DSA master receives the frame, so
> __netif_receive_skb_core() will not actually execute any VLAN-specific
> code for it. This only becomes a problem when the DSA switch header does
> not displace the VLAN header (for example with a tail tag).
> What the patch does is it bypasses the untagging of the skb when there
> is a DSA switch attached to this net device. So, DSA is the only
> packet_type handler which requires seeing the VLAN header. Once skb->dev
> will be changed, __netif_receive_skb_core() will be invoked again and
> untagging, or delivery to an 8021q upper, will happen in the RX of the
> DSA switch interface itself.
> *see commit 9eb8eff0cf2f ("net: bridge: allow enslaving some DSA master
> network devices". This is actually the reason why I prefer keeping DSA
> as a packet_type handler of ETH_P_XDSA rather than converting to an
> rx_handler. Currently the rx_handler code doesn't support chaining, and
> this is a problem because a DSA master might be bridged.
> Signed-off-by: Vladimir Oltean <>
> ---
> Resent, sorry, I forgot to copy the list.

This looks fine to me, and the rationale makes sense, if you do 
resubmit, feel free to add:

Reviewed-by: Florian Fainelli <>

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