[PATCH 3/7 net-2.6.25] [IPV4]: Prohibit assignment of 0.0.0.0 as interface address.

Daniel Lezcano dlezcano at fr.ibm.com
Fri Jan 25 06:37:53 PST 2008


Denis V. Lunev wrote:
> Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>> Denis V. Lunev wrote:
>>> I could hardly imagine why sombady needs to assign 0.0.0.0 as an
>>> interface
>>> address or interface destination address. The kernel will behave in a
>>> strage
>>> way in several places if this is possible, as ifa_local != 0 is
>>> considered
>>> as initialized/non-initialized state of the ifa.
>> AFAICS, we should be able to set at an interface address to 0.0.0.0, in
>> order to remove an IP address from an interface and keep this one up.
>> I see two trivial cases:
>>  * remove the ipv4 on an interface but continue to use it through ipv6
>>  * move ipv4 address from the interface to an attached bridge
> 
> For this case there is an IOCTL/netlink "remove IP address".

That's right. But there are people relying on 0.0.0.0 to remove IP 
addresses, especially in the bridge scripts.


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