On Tue, 2016-09-20 at 09:45 -0700, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:

> because 'div by zero' is an abnormal situation that shouldn't be exploited.
> Meaning if xdp program is doing DoS prevention and it has a bug that
> attacker can now exploit by sending a crafted packet that causes
> 'div by zero' and kernel will warn then attack got successful.
> Therefore it has to be silent drop.

A silent drop means a genuine error in a BPF program might be never
caught, since a tracepoint might never be enabled.

> tracpoint in such case is great, since the user can do debugging with it
> and even monitoring 24/7 and if suddenly the control plan sees a lot
> of such trace_xdp_abotred events, it can disable that tracepoint to avoid
> spam and adjust the program or act on attack some other way.
> Hardcoded warnings and counters are not generic enough for all
> the use cases people want to throw at XDP.
> The tracepoints idea is awesome, in a sense that it's optional.

Note that tracepoints are optional in a kernel.

Many existing supervision infrastructures collect device snmp counters,
and run as unprivileged programs. 

tracepoints might not fit the need here, compared to a mere

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