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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] netfilter: Fix format string of nfnetlink_queue proc file
Am 16.03.2015 um 14:11 schrieb Pablo Neira Ayuso:
> On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 03:22:07PM +0100, Richard Weinberger wrote:
>> Am 13.03.2015 um 14:53 schrieb Pablo Neira Ayuso:
>>>> You mean statistics via netlink attributes? I can add that!
>>>
>>> Add a new NFQNL_CFG_CMD_STATS command to request the statistics. If
>>> NLM_F_DUMP is set, then we'll basically provide the full list of
>>> instances. Otherwise, in case you want to retrieve stats for a
>>> specific netlink socket, you can use the netlink portID as index.
>>> And you'll have to add attributes for this new command, yes.
>>
>> This was my plan. Thanks for the pointer!
>
> It would be great if you can contribute this new interface.

FYI, it is still on my TODO.
I fear I won't find the time to do a patch for the upcoming merge window
and it has to wait for v4.2.

>>>> But I think we should also fix the format string of the proc file
>>>> as the fix is easy and non-intrusive.
>>>
>>> Unfortunately we don't know how many people are relying on that
>>> output, I prefer to remain conservative and provide a proper netlink
>>> interface for this.
>>
>> I understand your concerns but an application which is able to parse positive
>> and negative numbers can also parse pure positives.
>> Just made a small test application, glibc's %d in sscanf() can also deal with UINT_MAX.
>> And I don't expect that applications to check whether the returned values from
>> /proc/net/netfilter/nfnetlink_queue are between INT_MIN and INT_MAX.
>>
>> That said, I'd have assumed that an user would report negative values as plain kernel bug.
>
> Makes sense, please fix net/netfilter/nfnetlink_log.c too.

Patches sent! :)

Thanks,
//richard


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