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SubjectRe: mss to pmtu clamping partially broken?
Patrick McHardy wrote:
> Andreas Steinmetz wrote:
>> There seems to be a problem with mss to pmtu clamping for incoming syn
>> packets on reply to an outgoing connection on a ppp interface. The mss
>> of the outgoing syn packets is always always clamped to the pmtu, I did
>> check this with a target host I do have access to. The incoming syn
>> reply to such a packet, however, is mss clamped only sometimes and this
>> seems to depend on the DSL line used.
>>
>> The kernels tested were 2.6.20.1, 2.6.20.3 and 2.6.22rc6.
>>
>> Test setup: Two DSL lines, otherwise identical setup (same masquerading
>> linux gateway, same DSL account, same DSL modem, same DSL line provider,
>> same target host, request from and tcpdump on the same client).
>>
>> Linux Client<->Masquerading Linux Gateway<->DSL Modem<->DSL Line<->...
>>
>> DSL line 1, working:
>>
>> 22:26:39.319281 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 64, id 22377, offset 0, flags [DF],
>> length: 48
>> ) 192.168.0.253.1164 > 64.34.165.170.80: S [tcp sum ok]
>> 1465827859:1465827859(0)
>> win 5840 <mss 1460,nop,nop,sackOK>
>> 22:26:39.459314 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 51, id 0, offset 0, flags [DF],
>> length: 48) 64
>> .34.165.170.80 > 192.168.0.253.1164: S [tcp sum ok]
>> 3667852791:3667852791(0) ack
>> 1465827860 win 5840 <mss 1452,nop,nop,sackOK>
>>
>> The tcpdump on the client shows that the mss of the incoming syn reply
>> packet is clamped to the ppp interface mtu.
>>
>> DSL line 2, not working:
>>
>> 22:03:57.725998 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 64, id 55984, offset 0, flags [DF],
>> length: 48
>> ) 192.168.0.253.1600 > 64.34.165.170.80: S [tcp sum ok]
>> 36968258:36968258(0) win
>> 5840 <mss 1460,nop,nop,sackOK>
>> 22:03:57.866966 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 51, id 0, offset 0, flags [DF],
>> length: 48) 64
>> .34.165.170.80 > 192.168.0.253.1600: S [tcp sum ok]
>> 2226854208:2226854208(0) ack
>> 36968259 win 5840 <mss 1460,nop,nop,sackOK>
>>
>> The tcpdump on the client shows that the mss of the incoming syn reply
>> packet is *NOT* clamped to the ppp interface mtu.
>
>
> You forgot to mention *how* you're clamping the MSS. Using
> TCPMSS? Do you have a rule for incoming packets?
>

The relevant iptables commands I do use for masquerading and clamping are:

iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o ppp0 -j MASQUERADE
iptables -A FORWARD -p tcp --tcp-flags SYN,RST SYN -j TCPMSS \
--clamp-mss-to-pmtu

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