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Date:   Sat, 21 Nov 2020 10:15:51 -0800
From:   Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>
To:     Pablo Neira Ayuso <pablo@...filter.org>
Cc:     Tobias Waldekranz <tobias@...dekranz.com>,
        netfilter-devel@...r.kernel.org, davem@...emloft.net,
        netdev@...r.kernel.org, razor@...ckwall.org, jeremy@...zel.net
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next,v3 0/9] netfilter: flowtable bridge and vlan
 enhancements

On Sat, 21 Nov 2020 13:31:38 +0100 Pablo Neira Ayuso wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 11:56:58PM +0100, Pablo Neira Ayuso wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 02:45:21PM -0800, Jakub Kicinski wrote:  
> > > On Mon, 16 Nov 2020 23:36:15 +0100 Pablo Neira Ayuso wrote:  
> > > > > Are you saying A -> B traffic won't match so it will update the cache,
> > > > > since conntrack flows are bi-directional?    
> > > > 
> > > > Yes, Traffic for A -> B won't match the flowtable entry, this will
> > > > update the cache.  
> > > 
> > > That's assuming there will be A -> B traffic without B sending a
> > > request which reaches A, first.  
> > 
> > B might send packets to A but this will not get anywhere. Assuming
> > TCP, this will trigger retransmissions so B -> A will kick in to
> > refresh the entry.
> > 
> > Is this scenario that you describe a showstopper?  

Sorry I got distracted.
 
> I have been discussing the topology update by tracking fdb updates
> with the bridge maintainer, I'll be exploring extensions to the
> existing fdb_notify() infrastructure to deal with this scenario you
> describe. On my side this topology update scenario is not a priority
> to be supported in this patchset, but it's feasible to support it
> later on.

My concern is that invalidation is _the_ hard part of creating caches.
And I feel like merging this as is would be setting our standards pretty
low. 

Please gather some review tags from senior netdev developers. I don't
feel confident enough to apply this as 100% my own decision.

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