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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH V5 6/7] xen-netback: coalesce slots in TX path and fix regressions

On Mon, 2013-04-15 at 18:06 +0100, Wei Liu wrote:
> This patch tries to coalesce tx requests when constructing grant copy
> structures. It enables netback to deal with situation when frontend's
> MAX_SKB_FRAGS is larger than backend's MAX_SKB_FRAGS.
> With the help of coalescing, this patch tries to address two regressions and
> avoid reopening the security hole in XSA-39.
> Regression 1. The reduction of the number of supported ring entries (slots)
> per packet (from 18 to 17). This regression has been around for some time but
> remains unnoticed until XSA-39 security fix. This is fixed by coalescing
> slots.
> Regression 2. The XSA-39 security fix turning "too many frags" errors from
> just dropping the packet to a fatal error and disabling the VIF. This is fixed
> by coalescing slots (handling 18 slots when backend's MAX_SKB_FRAGS is 17)
> which rules out false positive (using 18 slots is legit) and dropping packets
> using 19 to `max_skb_slots` slots.
> To avoid reopening security hole in XSA-39, frontend sending packet using more
> than max_skb_slots is considered malicious.
> The behavior of netback for packet is thus:
>     1-18            slots: valid
>    19-max_skb_slots slots: drop and respond with an error
>    max_skb_slots+   slots: fatal error
> max_skb_slots is configurable by admin, default value is 20.
> Also change variable name from "frags" to "slots" in netbk_count_requests.
> Please note that RX path still has dependency on MAX_SKB_FRAGS. This will be
> fixed with separate patch.
> Signed-off-by: Wei Liu <wei.liu2@xxxxxxxxxx>

Acked-by: Ian Campbell <ian.campbell@xxxxxxxxxx>

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