Re: [PATCH net-next v2] net: ctnetlink: support filtering by zone

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On Mon, Nov 27, 2023 at 11:49:16AM +0000, Felix Huettner wrote:
> conntrack zones are heavily used by tools like openvswitch to run
> multiple virtual "routers" on a single machine. In this context each
> conntrack zone matches to a single router, thereby preventing
> overlapping IPs from becoming issues.
> In these systems it is common to operate on all conntrack entries of a
> given zone, e.g. to delete them when a router is deleted. Previously this
> required these tools to dump the full conntrack table and filter out the
> relevant entries in userspace potentially causing performance issues.
> To do this we reuse the existing CTA_ZONE attribute. This was previous
> parsed but not used during dump and flush requests. Now if CTA_ZONE is
> set we filter these operations based on the provided zone.
> However this means that users that previously passed CTA_ZONE will
> experience a difference in functionality.
> Alternatively CTA_FILTER could have been used for the same
> functionality. However it is not yet supported during flush requests and
> is only available when using AF_INET or AF_INET6.

For the record, this is applied to nf-next.

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