[Bridge] [PATCH net-next] bridge: multicast to unicast

Johannes Berg johannes at sipsolutions.net
Wed Jan 11 09:17:58 UTC 2017

> > Exactly. My point is that this is breaking the expectation that
> > hosts are actually able to drop such packets.
> [readding CCs I removed earlier]
> Ah! Thanks. I was worried about creating packetloss :D.

Ah, well, no - at least not in this case.

> Hm, for this other other way round, I think it does not apply for
> the bridge multicast-to-unicast patch if I'm not misreading the
> bridge code:
> For a packet with a link-layer multicast address but a unicast IP
> destination, the bridge MDB lookup will fail.
> (http://lxr.free-electrons.com/source/net/bridge/br_multicast.c?v=4.8
> #L178
>  returns NULL)
> Case A): No multicast router on port:
> -> bridge, br_multicast_flood(), will drop the packet already
>    (no matter if multicast-to-unicast is enabled or not)
> Case B): Multicast router present on port:
> -> The new patch does not apply multicast-to-unicast but just floods
>    packet unaltered
>    ("else { port = rport; addr = NULL; }" branch)

Ah, interesting. This is different then - the mac80211 code is not L3
aware at all.


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