Thomas Graf <> wrote:
> On 12/01/16 at 10:11am, Florian Westphal wrote:
> > Aside from this, XDP, like DPDK, is a kernel bypass.
> > You might say 'Its just stack bypass, not a kernel bypass!'.
> > But what does that mean exactly?  That packets can still be passed
> > onward to normal stack?
> > Bypass solutions like netmap can also inject packets back to
> > kernel stack again.
> I have a fundamental issue with the approach of exporting packets into
> user space and reinjecting them: Once the packet leaves the kernel,
> any security guarantees are off. I have no control over what is
> running in user space and whether whatever listener up there has been
> compromised or not. To me, that's a no go, in particular for servers
> hosting multi tenant workloads. This is one of the main reasons why
> XDP, in particular in combination with BPF, is very interesting to me.

Funny, I see it exactly the other way around :)

To me packet coming from this "userspace injection" is no different than
a tun/tap, or any other packet coming from network.

I see no change or increase in attack surface.

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