[PATCH] ipv4: in new netns initialize sysctls in net.ipv4.conf.* with defaults

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Sun Feb 21 22:06:22 UTC 2016

Konstantin Khlebnikov <khlebnikov at yandex-team.ru> writes:

> Currently initial net.ipv4.conf.all.* and net.ipv4.conf.default.* are
> copied from init network namespace because static structures are used
> for init_net. This makes no sense because new netns might be created
> from any netns. This patch makes private copy also for init netns if
> network namespaces are enabled. Other sysctls in net.ipv4 and net.ipv6
> already initialized with default values at namespace creation.

Acked-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm at xmission.com>

Assuming that this does not cause a regression I am all for this,
as it makes the kernels behavior predictable.

When creating a network namespace we have two predictable choices.
Copy from the current network namespace, or initialize all sysctl values
with the kernel's defaults.  Copying values looks like a way to
introduce subtle hard to debug breakage into existing setups.  So all
else being equal my preference is that we initialize values in new
nework namespaces to their initial defaults.

> Signed-off-by: Konstantin Khlebnikov <khlebnikov at yandex-team.ru>
> Fixes: 752d14dc6aa9 ("[IPV4]: Move the devinet pointers on the struct net")
> ---
>  net/ipv4/devinet.c |    2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/net/ipv4/devinet.c b/net/ipv4/devinet.c
> index cebd9d31e65a..9d73d4bbdba3 100644
> --- a/net/ipv4/devinet.c
> +++ b/net/ipv4/devinet.c
> @@ -2290,7 +2290,7 @@ static __net_init int devinet_init_net(struct net *net)
>  	all = &ipv4_devconf;
>  	dflt = &ipv4_devconf_dflt;
> -	if (!net_eq(net, &init_net)) {
>  		all = kmemdup(all, sizeof(ipv4_devconf), GFP_KERNEL);
>  		if (!all)
>  			goto err_alloc_all;

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