From: Vitaly Kuznetsov <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:53:40 +0200

> Small packet loss is reported on complex multi host network configurations
> including tunnels, NAT, ... My investigation led me to the following check
> in netback which drops packets:
>         if (unlikely(txreq.size < ETH_HLEN)) {
>                 netdev_err(queue->vif->dev,
>                            "Bad packet size: %d\n", txreq.size);
>                 xenvif_tx_err(queue, &txreq, extra_count, idx);
>                 break;
>         }
> But this check itself is legitimate. SKBs consist of a linear part (which
> has to have the ethernet header) and (optionally) a number of frags.
> Netfront transmits the head of the linear part up to the page boundary
> as the first request and all the rest becomes frags so when we're
> reconstructing the SKB in netback we can't distinguish between original
> frags and the 'tail' of the linear part. The first SKB needs to be at
> least ETH_HLEN size. So in case we have an SKB with its linear part
> starting too close to the page boundary the packet is lost.
> I see two ways to fix the issue:
> - Change the 'wire' protocol between netfront and netback to start keeping
>   the original SKB structure. We'll have to add a flag indicating the fact
>   that the particular request is a part of the original linear part and not
>   a frag. We'll need to know the length of the linear part to pre-allocate
>   memory.
> - Avoid transmitting SKBs with linear parts starting too close to the page
>   boundary. That seems preferable short-term and shouldn't bring
>   significant performance degradation as such packets are rare. That's what
>   this patch is trying to achieve with skb_copy().
> Signed-off-by: Vitaly Kuznetsov <>
> Acked-by: David Vrabel <>


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