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Date:   Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:51:06 +0200
From:   Paolo Abeni <>
Cc:     Eric Dumazet <>,
Subject: [RFC PATCH 0/2] tcp: factor out a couple of helpers

Upcoming improvement in MPTCP subflows management will require to keep write
data enqueued at the MPTCP level. As a side effect, such data could be sent
via orphaned TCP subflows after close().

To implement the above MPTCP needs to cope directly with memory allocation
failures in do_tcp_sendpages(). The solution proposed in patch 1/2 
is to factor-out the relevant slice of do_tcp_sendpages().

Other possible alternatives could be:
- duplicating the relevant code inside MPTCP (will require exposing a few
  additional TCP helpers) 
- add an explicit check for orphaned socket in do_tcp_sendpages()

Additionally, due to the above, we will need to dispose of already orphaned
TCP subflows, avoiding racing with tcp_done(). We need to check the
subflow status and destroy it atomically. The solution proposed in patch 2/2
is to factor-out the unlocked body of tcp_close().

These changes are part of a quite larger MPTCP series, with all the other
patches touching only MPTCP code. To hopefully simplify the review, such
patches are not included here. Please advice if you prefer otherwise
- e.g. the whole series as RFC.

Paolo Abeni (2):
  tcp: factor out tcp_build_frag()
  tcp: factor out __tcp_close() helper

 include/net/tcp.h |   4 ++
 net/ipv4/tcp.c    | 128 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++-------------------
 2 files changed, 78 insertions(+), 54 deletions(-)


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