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Date:   Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:13:12 +0100
From:   Stefano Garzarella <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>
Cc:     Andra Paraschiv <>,
        netdev <>,
        linux-kernel <>,
        "David S . Miller" <>,
        David Duncan <>,
        Dexuan Cui <>,
        Alexander Graf <>,
        Jorgen Hansen <>,
        Stefan Hajnoczi <>,
        Vitaly Kuznetsov <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v3 0/4] vsock: Add flags field in the vsock

On Sat, Dec 12, 2020 at 09:16:08AM -0800, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
>On Fri, 11 Dec 2020 16:24:13 +0100 Stefano Garzarella wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 11, 2020 at 12:32:37PM +0200, Andra Paraschiv wrote:
>> >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.
>> >
>> I reviewed all the patches and they are in a good shape!
>> Maybe the last thing to add is a flags check in the
>> vsock_addr_validate(), to avoid that flags that we don't know how to
>> handle are specified.
>> For example if in the future we add new flags that this version of the
>> kernel is not able to satisfy, we should return an error to the
>> application.
>> I mean something like this:
>>      diff --git a/net/vmw_vsock/vsock_addr.c b/net/vmw_vsock/vsock_addr.c
>>      index 909de26cb0e7..73bb1d2fa526 100644
>>      --- a/net/vmw_vsock/vsock_addr.c
>>      +++ b/net/vmw_vsock/vsock_addr.c
>>      @@ -22,6 +22,8 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(vsock_addr_init);
>>       int vsock_addr_validate(const struct sockaddr_vm *addr)
>>       {
>>      +       unsigned short svm_valid_flags = VMADDR_FLAG_TO_HOST;
>>      +
>>              if (!addr)
>>                      return -EFAULT;
>>      @@ -31,6 +33,9 @@ int vsock_addr_validate(const struct sockaddr_vm *addr)
>>              if (addr->svm_zero[0] != 0)
>>                      return -EINVAL;
>Strictly speaking this check should be superseded by the check below
>(AKA removed). We used to check svm_zero[0], with the new field added
>this now checks svm_zero[2]. Old applications may have not initialized
>svm_zero[2] (we're talking about binary compatibility here, apps built
>with old headers).
>>      +       if (addr->svm_flags & ~svm_valid_flags)
>>      +               return -EINVAL;
>The flags should also probably be one byte (we can define a "more
>flags" flag to unlock further bytes) - otherwise on big endian the
>new flag will fall into svm_zero[1] so the v3 improvements are moot
>for big endian, right?

Right, I assumed the entire svm_zero[] was zeroed out, but we can't be 

So, I agree to change the svm_flags to 1 byte (__u8), and remove the 
superseded check that you pointed out.
With these changes we should be fully binary compatibility.


>>              return 0;
>>       }
>>       EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(vsock_addr_validate);

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