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Subject[PATCH v2] netfilter: account ebt_table_info to kmemcg
The [ip,ip6,arp]_tables use x_tables_info internally and the underlying
memory is already accounted to kmemcg. Do the same for ebtables. The
syzbot, by using setsockopt(EBT_SO_SET_ENTRIES), was able to OOM the
whole system from a restricted memcg, a potential DoS.

By accounting the ebt_table_info, the memory used for ebt_table_info can
be contained within the memcg of the allocating process. However the
lifetime of ebt_table_info is independent of the allocating process and
is tied to the network namespace. So, the oom-killer will not be able to
relieve the memory pressure due to ebt_table_info memory. The memory for
ebt_table_info is allocated through vmalloc. Currently vmalloc does not
handle the oom-killed allocating process correctly and one large
allocation can bypass memcg limit enforcement. So, with this patch,
at least the small allocations will be contained. For large allocations,
we need to fix vmalloc.

Signed-off-by: Shakeel Butt <>
Cc: Florian Westphal <>
Cc: Michal Hocko <>
Cc: Kirill Tkhai <>
Cc: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
Cc: Jozsef Kadlecsik <>
Cc: Roopa Prabhu <>
Cc: Nikolay Aleksandrov <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: Linux MM <>
Cc: LKML <>
Changelog since v1:
- More descriptive commit message.

net/bridge/netfilter/ebtables.c | 6 ++++--
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/bridge/netfilter/ebtables.c b/net/bridge/netfilter/ebtables.c
index 491828713e0b..5e55cef0cec3 100644
--- a/net/bridge/netfilter/ebtables.c
+++ b/net/bridge/netfilter/ebtables.c
@@ -1137,14 +1137,16 @@ static int do_replace(struct net *net, const void __user *user,[sizeof( - 1] = 0;

countersize = COUNTER_OFFSET(tmp.nentries) * nr_cpu_ids;
- newinfo = vmalloc(sizeof(*newinfo) + countersize);
+ newinfo = __vmalloc(sizeof(*newinfo) + countersize, GFP_KERNEL_ACCOUNT,
if (!newinfo)
return -ENOMEM;

if (countersize)
memset(newinfo->counters, 0, countersize);

- newinfo->entries = vmalloc(tmp.entries_size);
+ newinfo->entries = __vmalloc(tmp.entries_size, GFP_KERNEL_ACCOUNT,
if (!newinfo->entries) {
ret = -ENOMEM;
goto free_newinfo;
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