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SubjectRe: AW: Re: AW: Re: VLAN and Network Drivers 2.4.x

Jeff Garzik wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 10:31:29AM -0700, Ben Greear wrote:
>>Also, is there any good reason that we can't get at least a compile
>>time change into some of the drivers like tulip where we know we can
>>get at least MOST of the cards supported with a small change?
> The tulip patch is butt-ugly - the oversized allocation isn't needed,
> and it just flat-out turns off large packet protection. That's really
> not what you want to do, even for the best tulip cards. If an oversized
> gram (non-VLAN) makes it into a network which such a patched tulip
> driver, you can DoS. So, I view the current tulip patch as unacceptable
> too -- for security reasons, we should not even take it as a compile
> time patch. (and I recommend against using that patch on production
> machines, for the same security reasons)

I can DOS a tulip card with very small packets too ;)

The oversized allocations can be removed from the patch since they
are not needed.

> The proper tulip patch does not need to change packet allocation size
> at all (it's already plenty big enough), and it needs to copy the RX
> fragment handling code from 8139cp (which is admittedly ugly, slow path)
> or write fresh fragment handling code. Along with that fragment
> handling code comes a safe way to do VLAN, and non-standard large MTUs
> in general.

In the general case, where the packets are only 1518 (ie no DoS or mis-configured
hardware is in effect), is there a need for the "ugly, slow path" code to run?

Ben Greear <> <Ben_Greear AT>
President of Candela Technologies Inc

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