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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] xen-netfront: Fix handling packets on compound pages with skb_linearize

On 01/12/14 08:55, Stefan Bader wrote:
> On 11.08.2014 19:32, Zoltan Kiss wrote:
>> There is a long known problem with the netfront/netback interface: if the 
>> guest
>> tries to send a packet which constitues more than MAX_SKB_FRAGS + 1 ring 
>> slots,
>> it gets dropped. The reason is that netback maps these slots to a frag in the
>> frags array, which is limited by size. Having so many slots can occur since
>> compound pages were introduced, as the ring protocol slice them up into
>> individual (non-compound) page aligned slots. The theoretical worst case
>> scenario looks like this (note, skbs are limited to 64 Kb here):
>> linear buffer: at most PAGE_SIZE - 17 * 2 bytes, overlapping page boundary,
>> using 2 slots
>> first 15 frags: 1 + PAGE_SIZE + 1 bytes long, first and last bytes are at the
>> end and the beginning of a page, therefore they use 3 * 15 = 45 slots
>> last 2 frags: 1 + 1 bytes, overlapping page boundary, 2 * 2 = 4 slots
>> Although I don't think this 51 slots skb can really happen, we need a 
>> solution
>> which can deal with every scenario. In real life there is only a few slots
>> overdue, but usually it causes the TCP stream to be blocked, as the retry 
>> will
>> most likely have the same buffer layout.
>> This patch solves this problem by linearizing the packet. This is not the
>> fastest way, and it can fail much easier as it tries to allocate a big linear
>> area for the whole packet, but probably easier by an order of magnitude than
>> anything else. Probably this code path is not touched very frequently anyway.
>> Signed-off-by: Zoltan Kiss <zoltan.kiss@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> Cc: Wei Liu <wei.liu2@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> Cc: Ian Campbell <Ian.Campbell@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> Cc: Paul Durrant <paul.durrant@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> Cc: netdev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Cc: linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Cc: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> This does not seem to be marked explicitly as stable. Has someone already 
> asked
> David Miller to put it on his stable queue? IMO it qualifies quite well and 
> the
> actual change should be simple to pick/backport.

I think it's a candidate, yes.

Can you expand on the user visible impact of the bug this patch fixes?
I think it results in certain types of traffic not working (because the
domU always generates skb's with the problematic frag layout), but I
can't remember the details.


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