Re: [PATCH nf] netfilter: nf_tables: do not refresh timeout when resetting element

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On Wed, Oct 04, 2023 at 04:32:26PM +0200, Pablo Neira Ayuso wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 04, 2023 at 02:48:45PM +0200, Florian Westphal wrote:
> > I also think we need to find a different strategy for the
> > dump-and-reset part when the reset could be interrupted
> > by a transaction.
> I think it should be possible to deal with this from userspace.
> The idea would be to keep the old cache. Then, from the new cache, if
> EINTR happened before, iterate over the list of objects in the new
> cache and then lookup for the old objects, then pour the stats from
> the old to the new objects, then release old cache. Then only one old
> cache is kept around in worst case. This needs a lookup function for
> each stateful object type on the old cache based on the handle.

In case of EINTR, user space will reset multiple times, right? So
returned state from generation X must be combined with that from
generation X+1. Easy with counters (val1 + val2) but funny and/or
inconsistent with quotas (val1 - val2 might be < 0).

I'd still just declare reset command for multiple items unreliable and
point out the need for scripts to use a combination of list command and
a number of reset commands for the individual items if the actual values

I just noticed, for the above to be viable 'reset rule' command must be
changed - it is silent right now.

Cheers, Phil

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