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[RFC] ipv6: do not create neighbor entries for local delivery

Message ID 50C227B4.6040502@redhat.com
State RFC, archived
Delegated to: David Miller
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Marcelo Ricardo Leitner Dec. 7, 2012, 5:30 p.m. UTC
RFC comment:

Please note that I do not fully understand the impacts of this, thus why 
RFC. I don't know if this is the best way to address the issue.

I have a report that when using TPROXY and IPv6, neighbor cache gets 
flooded with empty entries, while this does not happen with IPv4. These 
empty entries looks like:

# ip -6 neigh show nud all   (I masked some bits)
20xx::f0xx:x:3xdb dev lo lladdr 00:00:00:00:00:00 NOARP

Note that this address was not directly reachable by this host. It was 1 
hop away, and still got a neighbor entry.

These entries seems to be not used during input. I disabled their 
creation and I could not notice any abnormal results.

Bellow the dashes, my original patch description. Applies to net-next.

Please advise.



They will be created at output, if ever needed. This avoids creating
empty neighbor entries when TPROXYing/Forwarding packets for addresses
that are not even directly reachable.

Note that IPv4 already handles it this way. No neighbor entries are
created for local input.
  net/ipv6/route.c | 2 +-
  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
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diff --git a/net/ipv6/route.c b/net/ipv6/route.c
--- a/net/ipv6/route.c
+++ b/net/ipv6/route.c
@@ -928,7 +928,7 @@  restart:
-	if (!rt->n && !(rt->rt6i_flags & RTF_NONEXTHOP))
+	if (!rt->n && !(rt->rt6i_flags & (RTF_NONEXTHOP|RTF_LOCAL)))
  		nrt = rt6_alloc_cow(rt, &fl6->daddr, &fl6->saddr);
  	else if (!(rt->dst.flags & DST_HOST))
  		nrt = rt6_alloc_clone(rt, &fl6->daddr);