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Date:   Fri, 9 Oct 2020 18:07:43 -0700
From:   Cong Wang <>
To:     Xie He <>
Cc:     Willem de Bruijn <>,
        Network Development <>,
        syzbot <>,
        William Tu <>
Subject: Re: [Patch net] ip_gre: set dev->hard_header_len properly

On Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 1:38 PM Cong Wang <> wrote:
> Interesting point. I think needed_headroom is 0 until we call
> ipgre_changelink(), but needed_headroom is already being used
> in multiple places for skb_cow_head() in the same file, I guess
> they should be replaced with hard_head_len because for GRE tunnel
> those are its link-layer header. What makes it more complicated
> is that header_ops is actually set conditionally, so should be
> hard_header_len/needed_head_room accordingly.

Looking a bit deeper, I doubt the ipgre_header_ops->create is necessary,
because 1) all other tunnels devices do not have it (ip_tunnel_header_ops
only contains ->parse_protocol); 2) GRE headers are pushed in xmit
anyway, so at least SOCK_DGRAM does not need it; 3) ipgre_header()
creates the GRE header, later ipgre_xmit() pulls it back, then __gre_xmit()
builds GRE header again...

Please correct me if I am wrong.


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