[Bridge] [PATCH] net: bridge: Allow bridge to joing multicast groups

Nikolay Aleksandrov nikolay at cumulusnetworks.com
Mon Jul 29 13:42:21 UTC 2019

On 29/07/2019 16:14, Allan W. Nielsen wrote:
> The 07/29/2019 15:22, Nikolay Aleksandrov wrote:
>> Yes, all of the multicast code is handled differently, it doesn't go through the fdb
>> lookup or code at all. I don't see how you'll do a lookup in the fdb table with a
>> multicast mac address, take a look at br_handle_frame_finish() and you'll notice
>> that when a multicast dmac is detected then we use the bridge mcast code for lookups
>> and forwarding.
> Here is my thinking (needs much more elaboration, which will come if we do a
> patch to test it out):
> In br_pkt_type
> Add a new type called BR_PKT_MULTICAST_L2
> In br_handle_frame_finish
> 	if (is_multicast_ether_addr(dest)) {
> 		/* by definition the broadcast is also a multicast address */
> 		if (is_broadcast_ether_addr(dest)) {
> 			pkt_type = BR_PKT_BROADCAST;
> 			local_rcv = true;
> 		} else {
> 			pkt_type = BR_PKT_MULTICAST;
> 			if (br_multicast_rcv(br, p, skb, vid))
> 				goto drop;
> 		}
> 	}
> Change the code above to detect if it is a BR_PKT_MULTICAST_IP or a
> In this section:
> switch (pkt_type) {
> ....
> }
> if (dst) {
> } else {
> }
> Add awareness to the BR_PKT_MULTICAST_L2 type, and allow it do forwarding
> according to the static entry if it is there.

All of these add overhead to everyone - standard unicast and multicast forwarding.
Also as mentioned in my second email the fdb would need changes which would further
increase that overhead and also the code complexity for everyone for a use-case which
is very rare when there are alternatives today which avoid all of that. Offload tc rules
and add a rule to allow that traffic on ingress for particular ports, then either use
the bridge multicast flood flag or tc again to restrict flood to other egress ports.

Alternatively use ip maddr add which calls dev_mc_add() which is what the patch was
trying to do in the first place to allow the Rx of these packets and then control
the flooding via one of the above methods.

Alternatively offload nft and use that to control the traffic.

I'm sure there are more ways that I'm missing. :)

If you find a way to achieve this without incurring a performance hit or significant
code complexity increase, and without breaking current use-cases (e.g. unexpected default
forwarding behaviour changes) then please send a patch and we can discuss it further with
all details present. People have provided enough alternatives which avoid all of the

>> If you're trying to achieve Rx only on the bridge of these then
>> why not just use Ido's tc suggestion or even the ip maddr add offload for each port ?
>> If you add a multicast mac in the fdb (currently allowed, but has no effect) and you
>> use dev_mc_add() as suggested that'd just be a hack to pass it down and it is already
>> possible to achieve via other methods, no need to go through the bridge.
> Well, I wanted the SW bridge implementation to behave the same with an without
> HW offload.
> And also, I believe that is conceptually belongs to the MAC tables.
> /Allan

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