[Bridge] [PATCH] bridge: relax BR_GROUPFWD_RESTRICTED to forward LLDP frames

Bernhard Thaler bernhard.thaler at wvnet.at
Wed Apr 1 21:03:02 UTC 2015

On 01.04.2015 21:28, David Miller wrote:
> From: Bernhard Thaler <bernhard.thaler at wvnet.at>
> Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:06:02 +0200
>> BR_GROUPFWD_RESTRICTED bitmask restricts users from setting values to
>> /sys/class/net/brX/bridge/group_fwd_mask that allow forwarding of
>> some IEEE 802.1D Table 7-10 Reserved addresses:
>> 	(MAC Control) 802.3		01-80-C2-00-00-01
>> 	(Link Aggregation) 802.3	01-80-C2-00-00-02
>> 	802.1AB LLDP			01-80-C2-00-00-0E
>> Relax BR_GROUPFWD_RESTRICTED to at least forward LLDP frames and document
>> group_fwd_mask.
>> e.g.
>>    echo 16384 > /sys/class/net/brX/bridge/group_fwd_mask
>> allows to forward LLDP frames.
>> Tested on a simple bridge setup with two interfaces. Setting group_fwd_mask
>> as described above lets crafted LLDP frames traverse bridge.
>> Signed-off-by: Bernhard Thaler <bernhard.thaler at wvnet.at>
> I don't understand why we want to allow forwarding LLDP by default, it
> specifically is the case that an 802.1D bridge is only compliant if it
> does not forward LLDP packets.
> We've blocked forwarding of LLDP by default for such a long time, so I
> argue against this change from the perspective of users expecting LLDP
> to be not forwarded by the Linux bridge by default.
BR_GROUPFWD_DEFAULT is unchanged. By default none of the IEEE 802.1D
Table 7-10 Reserved addresses are forwarded by the bridge (except for
STP BPDUs if STP is turned off on the bridge device).
For users not changing /sys/class/net/brX/bridge/group_fwd_mask there
should be no difference to current default bridge behavior.

Only if users deliberately set group_fwd_mask to a value such as 16384
the bridge will start to forward LLDP frames. Current
BR_GROUPFWD_RESTRICTED value though restricts users from setting such
values to group_fwd_mask.

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