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Date:   Thu, 21 Apr 2022 19:00:07 +0800
From:   Hangbin Liu <liuhangbin@...il.com>
To:     Eyal Birger <eyal.birger@...il.com>
Cc:     Marcelo Ricardo Leitner <mleitner@...hat.com>,
        netdev@...r.kernel.org, jhs@...atatu.com, xiyou.wangcong@...il.com,
        jiri@...nulli.us, davem@...emloft.net, kuba@...nel.org,
        ahleihel@...hat.com, dcaratti@...hat.com, aconole@...hat.com,
        roid@...dia.com, Shmulik Ladkani <shmulik.ladkani@...il.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] net: sched: act_mirred: Reset ct info when
 mirror/redirect skb

Hi Eyal,
On Tue, Apr 19, 2022 at 09:14:38PM +0300, Eyal Birger wrote:
> > > > On Mon,  9 Aug 2021 15:04:55 +0800 you wrote:
> > > > > When mirror/redirect a skb to a different port, the ct info should be reset
> > > > > for reclassification. Or the pkts will match unexpected rules. For example,
> > > > > with following topology and commands:
> > > > >
> > > > >     -----------
> > > > >               |
> > > > >        veth0 -+-------
> > > > >               |
> > > > >        veth1 -+-------
> > > > >               |
> > > > >
> > > > > [...]
> > > >
> > > > Here is the summary with links:
> > > >   - [net] net: sched: act_mirred: Reset ct info when mirror/redirect skb
> > > >     https://git.kernel.org/netdev/net/c/d09c548dbf3b
> > >
> > > Unfortunately this commit breaks DNAT when performed before going via mirred
> > > egress->ingress.
> > >
> > > The reason is that connection tracking is lost and therefore a new state
> > > is created on ingress.
> > >
> > > This breaks existing setups.
> > >
> > > See below a simplified script reproducing this issue.

I think we come in to a paradox state. Some user don't want to have previous
ct info after mirror, while others would like to keep. In my understanding,
when we receive a pkt from a interface, the skb should be clean and no ct info
at first. But I may wrong.

Jamal, Wang Cong, Jiri, do you have any comments?

> >
> > I guess I can understand why the reproducer triggers it, but I fail to
> > see the actual use case you have behind it. Can you please elaborate
> > on it?
> 
> One use case we use mirred egress->ingress redirect for is when we want to
> reroute a packet after applying some change to the packet which would affect
> its routing. for example consider a bpf program running on tc ingress (after
> mirred) setting the skb->mark based on some criteria.
> 
> So you have something like:
> 
> packet routed to dummy device based on some criteria ->
>   mirred redirect to ingress ->
>     classification by ebpf logic at tc ingress ->
>        packet routed again
> 
> We have a setup where DNAT is performed before this flow in that case the
> ebpf logic needs to see the packet after the NAT.

Is it possible to check whether it's need to set the skb->mark before DNAT?
So we can update it before egress and no need to re-route.

Thanks
Hangbin

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