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SubjectRe: [netfilter-core] kernel panic: Out of memory and no killable processes... (2)
Kirill A. Shutemov <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 08:23:57AM +0100, Florian Westphal wrote:
> > > vmalloc() once became killable by commit 5d17a73a2ebeb8d1 ("vmalloc: back
> > > off when the current task is killed") but then became unkillable by commit
> > > b8c8a338f75e052d ("Revert "vmalloc: back off when the current task is
> > > killed""). Therefore, we can't handle this problem from MM side.
> > > Please consider adding some limit from networking side.
> >
> > I don't know what "some limit" would be. I would prefer if there was
> > a way to supress OOM Killer in first place so we can just -ENOMEM user.
> Just supressing OOM kill is a bad idea. We still leave a way to allocate
> arbitrary large buffer in kernel.

Isn't that what we do everywhere in network stack?

I think we should try to allocate whatever amount of memory is needed
for the given xtables ruleset, given that is what admin requested us to do.

I also would not know what limit is sane -- I've seen setups with as much
as 100k iptables rules, and that was 5 years ago.

And even if we add a "Xk rules" limit, it might be too much for
low-memory systems, or not enough for whatever other use case there
might be.

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