Re: [PATCH] ipvs: explicitly forbid ipv6 service/dest creation if ipv6 m

To: Julian Anastasov <ja@xxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ipvs: explicitly forbid ipv6 service/dest creation if ipv6 mod is disabled
Cc: netfilter-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, lvs-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Wensong Zhang <wensong@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, Simon Horman <horms@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, netdev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From: Paolo Abeni <pabeni@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:50:51 +0200

On Sat, 2017-04-22 at 14:16 +0300, Julian Anastasov wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Apr 2017, Paolo Abeni wrote:
> > When creating a new ipvs service, ipv6 addresses are always accepted
> > if CONFIG_IP_VS_IPV6 is enabled. On dest creation the address family
> > is not explicitly checked.
> > 
> > This allows the user-space to configure ipvs services even if the
> > system is booted with ipv6.disable=1. On specific configuration, ipvs
> > can try to call ipv6 routing code at setup time, causing the kernel to
> > oops due to fib6_rules_ops being NULL.
> > 
> > This change addresses the issue adding a check for the ipv6
> > module being enabled while validating ipv6 service operations and
> > adding the same validation for dest operations.
> > 
> > According to git history, this issue is apparently present since
> > the introduction of ipv6 support, and the oops can be triggered
> > since commit 09571c7ae30865ad ("IPVS: Add function to determine
> > if IPv6 address is local")
> > 
> > Fixes: 09571c7ae30865ad ("IPVS: Add function to determine if IPv6 address 
> > is local")
> > Signed-off-by: Paolo Abeni <pabeni@xxxxxxxxxx>
>       Looks good to me but I see two places that can benefit
> from such check:

I'm sorry for the lag, I was delayed by other notorious issues ;-)
I'm unable to trigger any crash with the patched kernel.

> - in ip_vs_genl_new_daemon() if we do not want to create IPv6 sockets
> for the sync protocol in make_send_sock() and make_receive_sock().
> Not sure if this can lead to crashes.

This one is, AFAICS, safe, because ip_vs_genl_new_daemon() calls
start_sync_thread(), which tries to create a socket of the specified
address family before doing any real action. Such operation will fail
gracefully, and overall we will get an - expected - error to userspace.

> - in ip_vs_proc_sync_conn() if we do not want backup server to accept 
> IPv6 conns because they may be created even when dests are missing.
> We may use retc = 10 there. Not fatal but may eat memory for
> conns that will not be used.

If I read the above correct correctly, even that should be safe, for
the same reason: ipv6 socket creation will fail if ipv6 is disabled.

The problem with the patched code is that it tries to resolve ipv6
addresses that are not created/validated by the kernel.


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