From: Andrey Konovalov <>
Date: Thu,  1 Dec 2016 10:34:40 +0100

> This patch changes tun.c to call netif_receive_skb instead of netif_rx
> when a packet is received (if CONFIG_4KSTACKS is not enabled to avoid
> stack exhaustion). The difference between the two is that netif_rx queues
> the packet into the backlog, and netif_receive_skb proccesses the packet
> in the current context.
> This patch is required for syzkaller [1] to collect coverage from packet
> receive paths, when a packet being received through tun (syzkaller collects
> coverage per process in the process context).
> As mentioned by Eric this change also speeds up tun/tap. As measured by
> Peter it speeds up his closed-loop single-stream tap/OVS benchmark by
> about 23%, from 700k packets/second to 867k packets/second.
> A similar patch was introduced back in 2010 [2, 3], but the author found
> out that the patch doesn't help with the task he had in mind (for cgroups
> to shape network traffic based on the original process) and decided not to
> go further with it. The main concern back then was about possible stack
> exhaustion with 4K stacks.
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> Signed-off-by: Andrey Konovalov <>
> ---
> Changes since v1:
> - incorporate Eric's note about speed improvements in commit description
> - use netif_receive_skb CONFIG_4KSTACKS is not enabled

Applied to net-next, thanks!

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