Re: [PATCH net-next] netfilter: conntrack: avoid sending RST to reply out-of-window skb

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Jason Xing <kerneljasonxing@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > This change disables most of the tcp_in_window() test, this will
> > pretend everything is fine even though tcp_in_window says otherwise.
> Thanks for the information. It does make sense.
> What I've done is quite similar to nf_conntrack_tcp_be_liberal sysctl
> knob which you also pointed out. It also pretends to ignore those
> out-of-window skbs.
> >
> > You could:
> >  - drop invalid tcp packets in input hook
> How about changing the return value only as below? Only two cases will
> be handled:
> diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
> b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
> index ae493599a3ef..c88ce4cd041e 100644
> --- a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
> +++ b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
> @@ -1259,7 +1259,7 @@ int nf_conntrack_tcp_packet(struct nf_conn *ct,
>         case NFCT_TCP_INVALID:
>                 nf_tcp_handle_invalid(ct, dir, index, skb, state);
>                 spin_unlock_bh(&ct->lock);
> -               return -NF_ACCEPT;
> +               return -NF_DROP;

Lets not do this.  conntrack should never drop packets and defer to ruleset
whereever possible.

> >  - set nf_conntrack_tcp_be_liberal=1
> Sure, it can workaround this case, but I would like to refuse the
> out-of-window in netfilter or TCP layer as default instead of turning
> on this sysctl knob. If I understand wrong, please correct me.

Thats contradictory, you make a patch to always accept, then another
patch to always drop such packets?

You can get the drop behaviour via '-m conntrack --ctstate DROP' in
prerouting or inut hooks.

You can get the 'accept + do nat processing' via

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