Re: linux-next: Tree for Aug 7

From: Phil Sutter
Date: Wed Aug 07 2013 - 14:38:34 EST

On Wed, Aug 07, 2013 at 10:47:13AM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> From: Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@xxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:40:09 -0700
> > On Wed, 2013-08-07 at 18:22 +0200, Johannes Berg wrote:
> >
> >> Maybe. I haven't tested it, but I'm thinking that skb->data doesn't
> >> point to the start of the data frame in this case, since we now call
> >> eth_type_trans() which pulls the ethernet header. So if the device just
> >> transmits skb->len starting from skb->data, it'll be wrong, no? That
> >> seems a basic assumption though.
> >
> > Yes, it seems calling eth_type_trans() is not right here, and even could
> > crash.
> >
> > Sorry, for being vague, I am a bit busy this morning.
> Yes, this is absolutely the core problem, you absolute cannot
> call eth_type_trans() on the output path, it pulls off the
> ethernet header from the packet. That can't possibly work.
> I want a real fix submitted formally for this problem immediately,
> or else I'm reverting all of these changes this afternoon.

One could simply call skb_push(skb, ETH_HLEN) right after calling
eth_type_trans(skb, dev) in order to undo the 'data' and 'len'
adjustment. Not sure if this kind of hack is the right way to go here,
or if the whole af_packet parses ethernet header discussion should be
opened again instead.

Best wishes, Phil
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