Patchwork PMTU discovery is updating route's MTU with per-route mtu lock

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Submitter Carl Baldwin
Date Feb. 5, 2013, 12:59 a.m.
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Permalink /patch/218128/
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Delegated to: David Miller
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Carl Baldwin - Feb. 5, 2013, 12:59 a.m.

Let me lay down a little context.  I am using the 3.2.0 kernel on
Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit.  I have repeated the issue with 3.5.0 on 12.10 as
well.  My eth0 has mtu set to 9000 so that a vlan interface,
vlan331@eth0 can have mtu set at 9000.

# ip addr show eth0 | head -n 1
2: eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 9000 qdisc pfifo_fast
state UP qlen 1000

I have attempted to set the mtu on the link local route through eth0
to 1500 using the "mtu lock 1500" option to "ip route."

# ip route show dev eth0
default via  metric 100  proto kernel  scope link  src  mtu lock 1500

At first, this appears to work as shown by this output:

# ping -c 2 -s $((9000-28)) -M do
PING ( 8972(9000) bytes of data.
From icmp_seq=1 Frag needed and DF set (mtu = 1500)
From icmp_seq=1 Frag needed and DF set (mtu = 1500)

However, after some time, usually 10-15 minutes, it seems that PMTU
discovery updates the MTU on this route and the ICMP packets from the
command above is allowed through.  "ip route show" still shows the mtu
lock option is set on the route.  My understanding from the ip command
documentation is that PMTUD shouldn't touch this route because I have
used the lock keyword.

Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.  Is there something
that I'm missing?  Is my expectation incorrect?


PS  Here are a few things that I've tried:

I disabled path mtu discovery by setting the sysctl
"net.ipv4.ip_no_pmtu_disc=1."  This appears to prevent the updating of
the mtu on the route even after waiting some time.  I did this mostly
to prove to myself that it was, in fact, pmtu discovery running that
is starting the problem.  However, I do not fully understand the
implications of disabling PMTU entirely and I am reluctant to pursue
that course.

I found a very recent commit to Linus's tree:  commit
fa1e492aa3cbafba9f8fc6d05e5b08a3091daf4a.  This appeared to be
targeting this very problem.  I tried an admittedly naive backport of
this fix to my 3.2.0 kernel and built and installed it.  It did not
fix the problem for me.  My constraints are such that I cannot use the
most recent kernel.  I will need to figure out how to properly
backport this fix to 3.2.0.  Here was my naive backport:

  if (!rt->peer)
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diff --git a/net/ipv4/route.c b/net/ipv4/route.c
index 94cdbc5..6fd8af2 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/route.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/route.c
@@ -1760,6 +1760,9 @@  static void ip_rt_update_pmtu(struct dst_entry
*dst, u32 mtu)
  struct rtable *rt = (struct rtable *) dst;
  struct inet_peer *peer;

+ if (dst_metric_locked(dst, RTAX_MTU))
+ return;