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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/1] Address regression in inet6_validate_link_af
On 2019-06-11 13:03, Jonas Bonn wrote:
> Patch 7dc2bccab0ee37ac28096b8fcdc390a679a15841 introduces a regression
> with systemd 241. In that revision, systemd-networkd fails to pass the
> required flags early enough. This appears to be addressed in later
> versions of systemd, but for users of version 241 where systemd-networkd
> nonetheless worked with earlier kernels, the strict check introduced by
> the patch causes a regression in behaviour.
> This patch converts the failure to supply the required flags from an
> error into a warning.
The purpose of my patch was to prevent a partial configuration update on
invalid input. -EINVAL was returned both before and after my patch, the
difference is that before my patch there was a partial update and a warning.

Your patch basically makes mine pointless, because you revert the fix,
and now we'll have the same partial update and two warnings.

One more thing is that after applying your patch on top of mine, the
kernel won't return -EINVAL anymore on invalid input. Returning -EINVAL
is what happened before my patch, and also after my patch.

Regarding the systemd issue, I don't think we should change the kernel
to adapt to bugs in systemd. systemd didn't have this bug from day one,
it was a regression introduced in [1]. The kernel has always returned
-EINVAL here, but the behavior before my patch was basically a UB, and
after the patch it's well-defined. If systemd saw EINVAL and relied on
the UB that came with it, it can't be a reason enough to break the kernel.

Moreover, the bug looks fixed in systemd's master, so what you suggest
is to insert a kernel-side workaround for an old version of software
when there is a fixed one.

Please correct me if anything I say is wrong.



> With this, systemd-networkd version 241 once
> again is able to bring up the link, albeit not quite as intended and
> thereby with a warning in the kernel log.
> CC: Maxim Mikityanskiy <>
> CC: David S. Miller <>
> CC: Alexey Kuznetsov <>
> CC: Hideaki YOSHIFUJI <>
> Signed-off-by: Jonas Bonn <>
> ---
> net/ipv6/addrconf.c | 3 ++-
> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/net/ipv6/addrconf.c b/net/ipv6/addrconf.c
> index 081bb517e40d..e2477bf92e12 100644
> --- a/net/ipv6/addrconf.c
> +++ b/net/ipv6/addrconf.c
> @@ -5696,7 +5696,8 @@ static int inet6_validate_link_af(const struct net_device *dev,
> return err;
> - return -EINVAL;
> + net_warn_ratelimited(
> + "required link flag omitted: TOKEN/ADDR_GEN_MODE\n");
> u8 mode = nla_get_u8(tb[IFLA_INET6_ADDR_GEN_MODE]);

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