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Date:   Sat, 12 Feb 2022 10:58:20 +0100
From:   Christophe JAILLET <>
To:     Roopa Prabhu <>,
        Nikolay Aleksandrov <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>
        Christophe JAILLET <>,,
Subject: [PATCH] net: bridge: Slightly optimize br_stp_change_bridge_id()

ether_addr_equal_64bits() can easy be used in place of ether_addr_equal()
Padding in the 'net_bridge_port' structure is already there because it is a
huge structure and the required fields are not at the end.
'oldaddr' is local to the function. So add the required padding
explicitly and simplify its definition.

Signed-off-by: Christophe JAILLET <>
This patch is more a POC for me.

I'm unsure that using ether_addr_equal_64bits() is really useful. The
speedup should be mostly un-noticeable.

To make sure that we have the required padding, we either need to waste
some space or rely on the fact that the address is embedded in a large
enough structure. (which is the case here)

So, it looks fragile to me and not future-proof.

Feed-back highly appreciated to see if such patches are welcome and if I
should spend some time on it.
 net/bridge/br_private.h |  5 +++++
 net/bridge/br_stp_if.c  | 12 +++++++-----
 2 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/bridge/br_private.h b/net/bridge/br_private.h
index 2661dda1a92b..2f78090574c9 100644
--- a/net/bridge/br_private.h
+++ b/net/bridge/br_private.h
@@ -363,6 +363,11 @@ struct net_bridge_port {
 	unsigned char			config_pending;
 	port_id				port_id;
 	port_id				designated_port;
+	/*
+	 * designated_root and designated_bridge must NOT be at the end of the
+	 * structure because ether_addr_equal_64bits() requires 2 bytes of
+	 * padding.
+	 */
 	bridge_id			designated_root;
 	bridge_id			designated_bridge;
 	u32				path_cost;
diff --git a/net/bridge/br_stp_if.c b/net/bridge/br_stp_if.c
index 75204d36d7f9..1bf0aaf29e5e 100644
--- a/net/bridge/br_stp_if.c
+++ b/net/bridge/br_stp_if.c
@@ -221,9 +221,11 @@ int br_stp_set_enabled(struct net_bridge *br, unsigned long val,
 /* called under bridge lock */
 void br_stp_change_bridge_id(struct net_bridge *br, const unsigned char *addr)
-	/* should be aligned on 2 bytes for ether_addr_equal() */
-	unsigned short oldaddr_aligned[ETH_ALEN >> 1];
-	unsigned char *oldaddr = (unsigned char *)oldaddr_aligned;
+	/*
+	 * should be aligned on 2 bytes and have 2 bytes of padding for
+	 * ether_addr_equal_64bits()
+	 */
+	unsigned char oldaddr[ETH_ALEN + 2] __aligned(2);
 	struct net_bridge_port *p;
 	int wasroot;
@@ -236,10 +238,10 @@ void br_stp_change_bridge_id(struct net_bridge *br, const unsigned char *addr)
 	eth_hw_addr_set(br->dev, addr);
 	list_for_each_entry(p, &br->port_list, list) {
-		if (ether_addr_equal(p->designated_bridge.addr, oldaddr))
+		if (ether_addr_equal_64bits(p->designated_bridge.addr, oldaddr))
 			memcpy(p->designated_bridge.addr, addr, ETH_ALEN);
-		if (ether_addr_equal(p->designated_root.addr, oldaddr))
+		if (ether_addr_equal_64bits(p->designated_root.addr, oldaddr))
 			memcpy(p->designated_root.addr, addr, ETH_ALEN);

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