Currently, nf_conntrack_max is used to limit the maximum number of
conntrack entries in the conntrack table for every network namespace.
For the VMs and containers that reside in the same namespace,
they share the same conntrack table, and the total # of conntrack entries
for all the VMs and containers are limited by nf_conntrack_max. In this
case, if one of the VM/container abuses the usage the conntrack entries,
it blocks the others to commit valid conntrack entry into the conntrack
table. Even if we can possibly put the VM in different network namespace,
the current nf_conntrack_max configuration is kind of rigid that we cannot
limit different VM/container to have different # conntrack entries.
To address the aforementioned issue, this patch proposes to have a
fine-grained mechanism that could further limit the # of conntrack entries
per-zone. For example, we can designate different zone to different VM,
and set conntrack limit to each zone. By providing this isolation, a
mis-behaved VM only consumes the conntrack entries in its own zone, and
it will not influence other well-behaved VMs. Moreover, the users can
set various conntrack limit to different zone based on their preference.
The proposed implementation utilizes Netfilter's nf_conncount backend
to count the number of connections in a particular zone. If the number of
connection is above a configured limitation, ovs will return ENOMEM to the
userspace. If userspace does not configure the zone limit, the limit
defaults to zero that is no limitation, which is backward compatible to
the behavior without this patch.
The first patch defines the conntrack limit netlink definition, and the
scecond patch provides the implementation.
Yi-Hung Wei (2):
openvswitch: Add conntrack limit netlink definition
openvswitch: Support conntrack zone limit
include/uapi/linux/openvswitch.h | 62 +++++
net/openvswitch/Kconfig | 3 +-
net/openvswitch/conntrack.c | 497 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
net/openvswitch/conntrack.h | 9 +-
net/openvswitch/datapath.c | 7 +-
net/openvswitch/datapath.h | 1 +
6 files changed, 573 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)