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Date:   Fri, 11 Dec 2020 12:32:37 +0200
From:   Andra Paraschiv <>
To:     netdev <>
CC:     linux-kernel <>,
        "David S . Miller" <>,
        David Duncan <>,
        Dexuan Cui <>,
        Alexander Graf <>,
        Jorgen Hansen <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Stefano Garzarella <>,
        Stefan Hajnoczi <>,
        Vitaly Kuznetsov <>,
        Andra Paraschiv <>
Subject: [PATCH net-next v3 0/4] vsock: Add flags field in the vsock address

vsock enables communication between virtual machines and the host they are
running on. Nested VMs can be setup to use vsock channels, as the multi
transport support has been available in the mainline since the v5.5 Linux kernel
has been released.

Implicitly, if no host->guest vsock transport is loaded, all the vsock packets
are forwarded to the host. This behavior can be used to setup communication
channels between sibling VMs that are running on the same host. One example can
be the vsock channels that can be established within AWS Nitro Enclaves
(see Documentation/virt/ne_overview.rst).

To be able to explicitly mark a connection as being used for a certain use case,
add a flags field in the vsock address data structure. The value of the flags
field is taken into consideration when the vsock transport is assigned. This way
can distinguish between different use cases, such as nested VMs / local
communication and sibling VMs.

The flags field can be set in the user space application connect logic. On the
listen path, the field can be set in the kernel space logic.

Thank you.



Patch Series Changelog

The patch series is built on top of v5.10-rc7.

GitHub repo branch for the latest version of the patch series:


v2 -> v3

* Rebase on top of v5.10-rc7.
* Add "svm_flags" as a new field, not reusing "svm_reserved1".
* Update comments to mention when the "VMADDR_FLAG_TO_HOST" flag is set in the
  connect and listen paths.
* Update bitwise check logic to not compare result to the flag value.
* v2:

v1 -> v2

* Update the vsock flag naming to "VMADDR_FLAG_TO_HOST".
* Use bitwise operators to setup and check the vsock flag.
* Set the vsock flag on the receive path in the vsock transport assignment
* Merge the checks for the g2h transport assignment in one "if" block.
* v1:


Andra Paraschiv (4):
  vm_sockets: Add flags field in the vsock address data structure
  vm_sockets: Add VMADDR_FLAG_TO_HOST vsock flag
  af_vsock: Set VMADDR_FLAG_TO_HOST flag on the receive path
  af_vsock: Assign the vsock transport considering the vsock address

 include/uapi/linux/vm_sockets.h | 25 ++++++++++++++++++++++++-
 net/vmw_vsock/af_vsock.c        | 21 +++++++++++++++++++--
 2 files changed, 43 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

2.20.1 (Apple Git-117)

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