[Intel-wired-lan] [PATCH V3 net-next] ixgbe: Avoid unaligned access in ixgbe_atr() for LLC packets

Sowmini Varadhan sowmini.varadhan at oracle.com
Mon Mar 14 19:47:16 UTC 2016

For LLC based protocols like lldp, stp etc., the ethernet header
is an 802.3 header with a h_proto that is not 0x800, 0x86dd, or
even 0x806.  In this world, the skb_network_header() points at
the DSAP/SSAP/..  and is not likely to be NET_IP_ALIGNed in

With LLC, drivers are not likely to correctly find IPVERSION,
or "6", at hdr.ipv4->version, but will instead just needlessly
trigger an unaligned access. (IPv4/IPv6 over LLC is almost never

The unaligned access is thus avoidable: bail out quickly after
examining skb->protocol. The only Ethernet II protocols handled
are IPv4 and IPv6

Signed-off-by: Sowmini Varadhan <sowmini.varadhan at oracle.com>
v2: Alexander Duyck comments
v3: filter out all ethertypes  except for Ethernet II and (IPv4 or IPv6)

 drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c |    5 +++++
 1 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c
index 4d6223d..aeab2fe 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/ixgbe/ixgbe_main.c
@@ -7574,6 +7574,11 @@ static void ixgbe_atr(struct ixgbe_ring *ring,
 	if (!ring->atr_sample_rate)
+	/* this function only handles IPv4 or IPv6 */
+	if (first->protocol != htons(ETH_P_IP) &&
+	    first->protocol != htons(ETH_P_IPV6))
+		return;
 	/* snag network header to get L4 type and address */

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