Commit d5256083 authored by Daniel Borkmann's avatar Daniel Borkmann Committed by David S. Miller

ipvlan, l3mdev: fix broken l3s mode wrt local routes

While implementing ipvlan l3 and l3s mode for kubernetes CNI plugin,
I ran into the issue that while l3 mode is working fine, l3s mode
does not have any connectivity to kube-apiserver and hence all pods
end up in Error state as well. The ipvlan master device sits on
top of a bond device and hostns traffic to kube-apiserver (also running
in hostns) is DNATed from to
where the latter is the address of the bond0. While in l3 mode, a
curl to or to
works fine from hostns, neither of them do in case of l3s. In the
latter only a curl to appeared to work where
for local addresses of bond0 I saw kernel suddenly starting to emit
ARP requests to query HW address of bond0 which remained unanswered
and neighbor entries in INCOMPLETE state. These ARP requests only
happen while in l3s.

Debugging this further, I found the issue is that l3s mode is piggy-
backing on l3 master device, and in this case local routes are using
l3mdev_master_dev_rcu(dev) instead of net->loopback_dev as per commit
f5a0aab8 ("net: ipv4: dst for local input routes should use l3mdev
if relevant") and 5f02ce24 ("net: l3mdev: Allow the l3mdev to be
a loopback"). I found that reverting them back into using the
net->loopback_dev fixed ipvlan l3s connectivity and got everything
working for the CNI.

Now judging from 4fbae7d8 ("ipvlan: Introduce l3s mode") and the
l3mdev paper in [0] the only sole reason why ipvlan l3s is relying
on l3 master device is to get the l3mdev_ip_rcv() receive hook for
setting the dst entry of the input route without adding its own
ipvlan specific hacks into the receive path, however, any l3 domain
semantics beyond just that are breaking l3s operation. Note that
ipvlan also has the ability to dynamically switch its internal
operation from l3 to l3s for all ports via ipvlan_set_port_mode()
at runtime. In any case, l3 vs l3s soley distinguishes itself by
'de-confusing' netfilter through switching skb->dev to ipvlan slave
device late in NF_INET_LOCAL_IN before handing the skb to L4.

Minimal fix taken here is to add a IFF_L3MDEV_RX_HANDLER flag which,
if set from ipvlan setup, gets us only the wanted l3mdev_l3_rcv() hook
without any additional l3mdev semantics on top. This should also have
minimal impact since dev->priv_flags is already hot in cache. With
this set, l3s mode is working fine and I also get things like
masquerading pod traffic on the ipvlan master properly working.


Fixes: f5a0aab8 ("net: ipv4: dst for local input routes should use l3mdev if relevant")
Fixes: 5f02ce24 ("net: l3mdev: Allow the l3mdev to be a loopback")
Fixes: 4fbae7d8 ("ipvlan: Introduce l3s mode")
Signed-off-by: 's avatarDaniel Borkmann <>
Cc: Mahesh Bandewar <>
Cc: David Ahern <>
Cc: Florian Westphal <>
Cc: Martynas Pumputis <>
Acked-by: 's avatarDavid Ahern <>
Signed-off-by: 's avatarDavid S. Miller <>
parent 4522a70d
......@@ -100,12 +100,12 @@ static int ipvlan_set_port_mode(struct ipvl_port *port, u16 nval,
err = ipvlan_register_nf_hook(read_pnet(&port->pnet));
if (!err) {
mdev->l3mdev_ops = &ipvl_l3mdev_ops;
mdev->priv_flags |= IFF_L3MDEV_MASTER;
mdev->priv_flags |= IFF_L3MDEV_RX_HANDLER;
} else
goto fail;
} else if (port->mode == IPVLAN_MODE_L3S) {
/* Old mode was L3S */
mdev->priv_flags &= ~IFF_L3MDEV_MASTER;
mdev->priv_flags &= ~IFF_L3MDEV_RX_HANDLER;
mdev->l3mdev_ops = NULL;
......@@ -167,7 +167,7 @@ static void ipvlan_port_destroy(struct net_device *dev)
struct sk_buff *skb;
if (port->mode == IPVLAN_MODE_L3S) {
dev->priv_flags &= ~IFF_L3MDEV_MASTER;
dev->priv_flags &= ~IFF_L3MDEV_RX_HANDLER;
dev->l3mdev_ops = NULL;
......@@ -1483,6 +1483,7 @@ struct net_device_ops {
* @IFF_NO_RX_HANDLER: device doesn't support the rx_handler hook
* @IFF_FAILOVER: device is a failover master device
* @IFF_FAILOVER_SLAVE: device is lower dev of a failover master device
* @IFF_L3MDEV_RX_HANDLER: only invoke the rx handler of L3 master device
enum netdev_priv_flags {
IFF_802_1Q_VLAN = 1<<0,
......@@ -1514,6 +1515,7 @@ enum netdev_priv_flags {
#define IFF_802_1Q_VLAN IFF_802_1Q_VLAN
......@@ -1544,6 +1546,7 @@ enum netdev_priv_flags {
* struct net_device - The DEVICE structure.
......@@ -4549,6 +4552,11 @@ static inline bool netif_supports_nofcs(struct net_device *dev)
return dev->priv_flags & IFF_SUPP_NOFCS;
static inline bool netif_has_l3_rx_handler(const struct net_device *dev)
return dev->priv_flags & IFF_L3MDEV_RX_HANDLER;
static inline bool netif_is_l3_master(const struct net_device *dev)
return dev->priv_flags & IFF_L3MDEV_MASTER;
......@@ -153,7 +153,8 @@ struct sk_buff *l3mdev_l3_rcv(struct sk_buff *skb, u16 proto)
if (netif_is_l3_slave(skb->dev))
master = netdev_master_upper_dev_get_rcu(skb->dev);
else if (netif_is_l3_master(skb->dev))
else if (netif_is_l3_master(skb->dev) ||
master = skb->dev;
if (master && master->l3mdev_ops->l3mdev_l3_rcv)
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