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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next v4 01/22] rtnetlink: provide permanent hardware address in RTM_NEWLINK
On Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 01:35:05PM -0700, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:40:21 +0100 (CET), Michal Kubecek wrote:
> > Permanent hardware address of a network device was traditionally provided
> > via ethtool ioctl interface but as Jiri Pirko pointed out in a review of
> > ethtool netlink interface, rtnetlink is much more suitable for it so let's
> > add it to the RTM_NEWLINK message.
> >
> > As permanent address is not modifiable, reject userspace requests
> > containing IFLA_PERM_ADDRESS attribute.
> >
> > Note: we already provide permanent hardware address for bond slaves;
> > unfortunately we cannot drop that attribute for backward compatibility
> > reasons.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Michal Kubecek <mkubecek@suse.cz>
> > ---
> > include/uapi/linux/if_link.h | 1 +
> > net/core/rtnetlink.c | 4 ++++
> > 2 files changed, 5 insertions(+)
> >
> > diff --git a/include/uapi/linux/if_link.h b/include/uapi/linux/if_link.h
> > index 5b225ff63b48..351ef746b8b0 100644
> > --- a/include/uapi/linux/if_link.h
> > +++ b/include/uapi/linux/if_link.h
> > @@ -167,6 +167,7 @@ enum {
> > IFLA_NEW_IFINDEX,
> > IFLA_MIN_MTU,
> > IFLA_MAX_MTU,
> > + IFLA_PERM_ADDRESS,
> > __IFLA_MAX
> > };
> >
> > diff --git a/net/core/rtnetlink.c b/net/core/rtnetlink.c
> > index a51cab95ba64..a72e8f4d777b 100644
> > --- a/net/core/rtnetlink.c
> > +++ b/net/core/rtnetlink.c
> > @@ -1026,6 +1026,7 @@ static noinline size_t if_nlmsg_size(const struct net_device *dev,
> > + nla_total_size(4) /* IFLA_CARRIER_DOWN_COUNT */
> > + nla_total_size(4) /* IFLA_MIN_MTU */
> > + nla_total_size(4) /* IFLA_MAX_MTU */
> > + + nla_total_size(MAX_ADDR_LEN) /* IFLA_PERM_ADDRESS */
> > + 0;
> > }
> >
> > @@ -1683,6 +1684,8 @@ static int rtnl_fill_ifinfo(struct sk_buff *skb,
> > nla_put_s32(skb, IFLA_NEW_IFINDEX, new_ifindex) < 0)
> > goto nla_put_failure;
> >
> > + if (nla_put(skb, IFLA_PERM_ADDRESS, dev->addr_len, dev->perm_addr))
>
> Should we check the perm_addr is non-zero, i.e. it has been filled in
> by the driver?

It makes sense logically but there is IMHO one practical problem: if we
omit the attribute when the address is zero (i.e. not set or maybe
a device which does not have permanent address), userspace won't be able
to distinguish this case from an older kernel not implementing the
attribute.

For the iproute2 patch, I plan to show the permanent address in the
output of "ip link show" only if it differs from current address.
I think it would be desirable to distinguish "current address is the
permanent one" from "no/unknown permanent address" but absence of the
attribute could also mean "kernel does not provide the information".

Michal

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