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SubjectRe: [PATCH net 1/1 v4] rtnetlink: require unique netns identifier
From: Christian Brauner <>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2018 13:53:20 +0100

> Since we've added support for IFLA_IF_NETNSID for RTM_{DEL,GET,SET,NEW}LINK
> it is possible for userspace to send us requests with three different
> properties to identify a target network namespace. This affects at least
> RTM_{NEW,SET}LINK. Each of them could potentially refer to a different
> network namespace which is confusing. For legacy reasons the kernel will
> pick the IFLA_NET_NS_PID property first and then look for the
> IFLA_NET_NS_FD property but there is no reason to extend this type of
> behavior to network namespace ids. The regression potential is quite
> minimal since the rtnetlink requests in question either won't allow
> IFLA_IF_NETNSID requests before 4.16 is out (RTM_{NEW,SET}LINK) or don't
> support IFLA_NET_NS_{PID,FD} (RTM_{DEL,GET}LINK) in the first place.
> Signed-off-by: Christian Brauner <>

Applied, thanks Christian.

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