From: Marcelo Ricardo Leitner <>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:14:32 -0200

> There have been some reports lately about TCP connection stalls caused
> by NIC drivers that aren't setting gso_size on aggregated packets on rx
> path. This causes TCP to assume that the MSS is actually the size of the
> aggregated packet, which is invalid.
> Although the proper fix is to be done at each driver, it's often hard
> and cumbersome for one to debug, come to such root cause and report/fix
> it.
> This patch amends this situation in two ways. First, it adds a warning
> on when this situation occurs, so it gives a hint to those trying to
> debug this. It also limit the maximum probed MSS to the adverised MSS,
> as it should never be any higher than that.
> The result is that the connection may not have the best performance ever
> but it shouldn't stall, and the admin will have a hint on what to look
> for.
> Tested with virtio by forcing gso_size to 0.
> Cc: Jonathan Maxwell <>
> Signed-off-by: Marcelo Ricardo Leitner <>

I totally agree with this change, however I think the warning message can
be improved in two ways:

>       len = skb_shinfo(skb)->gso_size ? : skb->len;
>       if (len >= icsk->icsk_ack.rcv_mss) {
> -             icsk->icsk_ack.rcv_mss = len;
> +             icsk->icsk_ack.rcv_mss = min_t(unsigned int, len,
> +                                            tcp_sk(sk)->advmss);
> +             if (icsk->icsk_ack.rcv_mss != len)
> +                     pr_warn_once("Seems your NIC driver is doing bad RX 
> acceleration. TCP performance may be compromised.\n");

We know it's a bad GRO implementation that causes this so let's be specific in 
message, perhaps something like:

        Driver has suspect GRO implementation, TCP performance may be 

Also, we have skb->dev available here most likely, so prefixing the message with
skb->dev->name would make analyzing this situation even easier for someone 

I'm not certain if an skb->dev==NULL check is necessary here or not, but it is
definitely something you need to consider.


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