[PATCH] net: don't unnecessarily load kernel modules in dev_ioctl()

Paul Moore paul at paul-moore.com
Wed Mar 7 13:46:23 UTC 2018

On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 6:59 PM, Stephen Hemminger
<stephen at networkplumber.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:27:44 -0500
> Paul Moore <pmoore at redhat.com> wrote:
>> From: Paul Moore <paul at paul-moore.com>
>> Starting with v4.16-rc1 we've been seeing a higher than usual number
>> of requests for the kernel to load networking modules, even on events
>> which shouldn't trigger a module load (e.g. ioctl(TCGETS)).  Stephen
>> Smalley suggested the problem may lie in commit 44c02a2c3dc5
>> ("dev_ioctl(): move copyin/copyout to callers") which moves changes
>> the network dev_ioctl() function to always call dev_load(),
>> regardless of the requested ioctl.
>> This patch moves the dev_load() calls back into the individual ioctls
>> while preserving the rest of the original patch.
>> Reported-by: Dominick Grift <dac.override at gmail.com>
>> Suggested-by: Stephen Smalley <sds at tycho.nsa.gov>
>> Signed-off-by: Paul Moore <paul at paul-moore.com>
>> ---
>>  net/core/dev_ioctl.c |    7 +++++--
>>  1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/net/core/dev_ioctl.c b/net/core/dev_ioctl.c
>> index 0ab1af04296c..a04e1e88bf3a 100644
>> --- a/net/core/dev_ioctl.c
>> +++ b/net/core/dev_ioctl.c
>> @@ -402,8 +402,6 @@ int dev_ioctl(struct net *net, unsigned int cmd, struct ifreq *ifr, bool *need_c
>>       if (colon)
>>               *colon = 0;
>> -     dev_load(net, ifr->ifr_name);
> Actually dev_load by ethernet name is really a legacy thing that should just die,
> It was kept around so that some very tunnel configuration using special names.
>         # ifconfig sit0
> which probably several web pages still tell users to do...
> We have much better control now with ip commands so that this is just
> baggage.

In an effort to get this regression fixed quickly, and not get tangled
up in a user education issue, can we at least restore the old ioctl()
behavior and worry about removing dev_load() later?

paul moore
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