[Bridge] [PATCH net] bridge: Fix problems around fdb entries pointing to the bridge device

Roopa Prabhu roopa at cumulusnetworks.com
Thu Aug 4 18:27:25 UTC 2016


On 8/4/16, 1:15 AM, Toshiaki Makita wrote:
> On 2016/08/04 16:24, Roopa Prabhu wrote:
>> On 8/3/16, 7:11 PM, Toshiaki Makita wrote:
>>> Adding fdb entries pointing to the bridge device uses fdb_insert(),
>>> which lacks various checks and does not respect added_by_user flag.
>>>
>>> As a result, some inconsistent behavior can happen:
>>> * Adding temporary entries succeeds but results in permanent entries.
>> IIRC this is not specific to fdb entries on the bridge device. all temp
>> fdb entries via iproute2 result in permanent entries. thats why 'dynamic'
>> was added.
> Sorry for confusing you, I meant "temp" (i.e., "static") of bridge fdb
> command.
> "temp", "dynamic" and "use" should not result in "permanent".
>
>>> * Same goes for "dynamic" and "use".
>> This patch seems to not allow dynamic and use entries
>> on the bridge device. I don't see a strong use-case to
>> allow them, but any reason you want to add the restriction now ?
> Because dynamic fdb entries pointing the bridge device cannot be
> created. So it is prohibited. I cannot find other appropriate behavior
> about this.
> Or are you suggesting local entries with aging supported or something
> like that?
no, i am ok with prohibiting it, just was wondering if this is necessary.

>
>>> * Changing mac address of the bridge device causes deletion of
>>>   user-added entries.
>> unless I am missing something, this does not seem to be related to the
>> external fdb entry on the bridge device.
> Yes this is related to manually-added fdb entries on the bridge device.
> When manual addition of fdb pointing the bridge device was introduced,
> we should have set added_by_user on adding the entry and modify
> br_fdb_change_mac_address() to respect the flag, but both were not done.
>
>>> * Replacing existing entries looks successful from userspace but actually
>>>   not, regardless of NLM_F_EXCL flag.
>> curious about this one. I will try it, but if you have an example that
>> will help.
> Before:
> # bridge fdb add 12:34:56:78:90:ab dev enp3s0 master
> # bridge fdb add 12:34:56:78:90:ab dev br0; echo $?
> 0
> # bridge fdb show
> ...
> 12:34:56:78:90:ab dev enp3s0 master br0 permanent
>
> # bridge fdb replace 12:34:56:78:90:ab dev br0; echo $?
> 0
> # bridge fdb show
> ...
> 12:34:56:78:90:ab dev enp3s0 master br0 permanent
>
> After:
> # bridge fdb add 12:34:56:78:90:ab dev enp3s0 master
> # bridge fdb add 12:34:56:78:90:ab dev br0; echo $?
> RTNETLINK answers: File exists
> 255
>
> # bridge fdb replace 12:34:56:78:90:ab dev br0; echo $?
> 0
> # bridge fdb show
> ...
> 12:34:56:78:90:ab dev br0 master br0 permanent
>
ok, thanks for the example.

Acked-by: Roopa Prabhu <roopa at cumulusnetworks.com>


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