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[libvirt] [PATCH] util: fail attempts to use same mac address for guest and tap

This patch is in response to:


If a guest's tap device is created using the same MAC address the
guest uses for its own network card (which connects to the tap
device), the Linux kernel will log the following message and traffic
will not pass:

 kernel: vnet9: received packet with own address as source address

This patch disallows MAC addresses with a first byte of 0xFE, but only in
the case that the MAC address is used for a guest interface that's
connected by way of a standard tap device. (In other words, the
validation is done at runtime at the same place the MAC address is
modified for the tap device, rather than when mac address is parsed,
the idea being that it is then we know for sure the address will be
 src/util/virnetdevtap.c |   22 ++++++++++++++++++++--
 1 files changed, 20 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/src/util/virnetdevtap.c b/src/util/virnetdevtap.c
index fb0a8d2..b19c006 100644
--- a/src/util/virnetdevtap.c
+++ b/src/util/virnetdevtap.c
@@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
- * Copyright (C) 2007-2011 Red Hat, Inc.
+ * Copyright (C) 2007-2012 Red Hat, Inc.
  * This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
  * modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
@@ -45,6 +45,10 @@
+#define virNetDevTapError(code, ...)                    \
+    virReportErrorHelper(VIR_FROM_NONE, code, __FILE__, \
+                         __FUNCTION__, __LINE__, __VA_ARGS__)
  * virNetDevProbeVnetHdr:
  * @tapfd: a tun/tap file descriptor
@@ -293,8 +297,22 @@ int virNetDevTapCreateInBridgePort(const char *brname,
      * device before we set our static MAC.
     memcpy(tapmac, macaddr, VIR_MAC_BUFLEN);
+        if (macaddr[0] == 0xFE) {
+            /* For normal use, the tap device's MAC address cannot
+             * match the MAC address used by the guest. This results
+             * in "received packet on vnetX with own address as source
+             * address" error logs from the kernel.
+             */
+            virNetDevTapError(VIR_ERR_CONFIG_UNSUPPORTED,
+                              "Unable to use MAC address starting with "
+                              "reserved value 0xFE - '%02X:%02X:%02X:%02X:%02X:%02X' - ",
+                              macaddr[0], macaddr[1], macaddr[2],
+                              macaddr[3], macaddr[4], macaddr[5]);
+            goto error;
+        }
         tapmac[0] = 0xFE; /* Discourage bridge from using TAP dev MAC */
+    }
     if (virNetDevSetMAC(*ifname, tapmac) < 0)
         goto error;

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