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Date:   Sun, 30 Oct 2022 11:54:29 +0000
From:   Raed Salem <>
To:     Leon Romanovsky <>,
        Sabrina Dubroca <>
CC:     "" <>,
        Antoine Tenart <>,
        Mark Starovoytov <>,
        Igor Russkikh <>
Subject: RE: [PATCH net v2 1/5] Revert "net: macsec: report real_dev features
 when HW offloading is enabled"

>On Wed, Oct 26, 2022 at 11:56:23PM +0200, Sabrina Dubroca wrote:
>> This reverts commit c850240b6c4132574a00f2da439277ab94265b66.
>> That commit tried to improve the performance of macsec offload by
>> taking advantage of some of the NIC's features, but in doing so, broke
>> macsec offload when the lower device supports both macsec and ipsec
>> offload, as the ipsec offload feature flags (mainly NETIF_F_HW_ESP)
>> were copied from the real device. Since the macsec device doesn't
>> provide xdo_* ops, the XFRM core rejects the registration of the new
>> macsec device in xfrm_api_check.
>> Example perf trace when running
>>   ip link add link eni1np1 type macsec port 4 offload mac
>>     ip   737 [003]   795.477676: probe:xfrm_dev_event__REGISTER
>name="macsec0" features=0x1c000080014869
>>               xfrm_dev_event+0x3a
>>               notifier_call_chain+0x47
>>               register_netdevice+0x846
>>               macsec_newlink+0x25a
>>     ip   737 [003]   795.477687:   probe:xfrm_dev_event__return      ret=0x8002
>>              notifier_call_chain+0x47
>>              register_netdevice+0x846
>>              macsec_newlink+0x25a
>> dev->features includes NETIF_F_HW_ESP (0x04000000000000), so
>> xfrm_api_check returns NOTIFY_BAD because we don't have
>> dev->xfrmdev_ops on the macsec device.
>> We could probably propagate GSO and a few other features from the
>> lower device, similar to macvlan. This will be done in a future patch.
>> Signed-off-by: Sabrina Dubroca <>
>> ---
>>  drivers/net/macsec.c | 27 ++++-----------------------
>>  1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 23 deletions(-)
>It is still mystery for me why mlx5 works.
I think it works when the offload enablement on the macsec device is done after the macsec netdev creation stage i.e.:
Ip link add link eni1np1 type macsec port 4
ip macsec offload $MACSEC_IF mac
I think this path skips xfrm core rejection
>Reviewed-by: Leon Romanovsky <>

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