[SRU B][PATCH 0/5] netfilter: nf_conncount: fix for LP#1811094

Mauricio Faria de Oliveira mfo at canonical.com
Thu Jan 10 03:35:58 UTC 2019


BugLink: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1811094

[Impact] 

 * The iptables connection count/limit rules can be breached 
   with multithreaded network driver/server/client (common)
   due to a race in the conncount/connlimit code.

 * For example:

   # iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --syn --dport 7777 \
     -m connlimit --connlimit-above 2000 --connlimit-mask 0 \
     -j DROP

 * The fix is a backport from an upstream commit that resolves
   the problem (plus dependencies for a cleaner backport) that
   address the race condition:

   commit b36e4523d4d5 ("netfilter: nf_conncount: fix garbage
   collection confirm race").

[Test Case]

 * Server-side: (relevant kernel side)
   (limit TCP port 7777 to only 2000 connections)

   # iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --syn --dport 7777 \
     -m connlimit --connlimit-above 2000 --connlimit-mask 0 \
     -j DROP

   # ulimit -SHn 65000   # increase number of open files
   # ruby server.rb      # multi-threaded server

 * Client-side:

   # ulimit -SHn 65000
   # ruby client.rb <server ip> <port> <target # connections> <# threads> 
   <test output>

 * Results with Original kernel:
   (client achieves target of 6000 connections > limit of 2000 connections)

   # ruby client.rb 10.230.56.100 7777 6000 3 
   1
   2
   3
   <...>
   6000
   Target reached. Thread finishing
   6001
   Target reached. Thread finishing
   6002
   Target reached. Thread finishing
   Threads done. 6002 connections
   press enter to exit

 * Results with Modified kernel:
   (client is limited to 2000 connections, and times out afterward)

   # ruby client.rb 10.230.56.100 7777 6000 3
   1
   2
   3
   <...>
   2000
   <... blocks for a few minutes ...>
   failed to create connection: Connection timed out - connect(2) for "10.230.56.100" port 7777
   failed to create connection: Connection timed out - connect(2) for "10.230.56.100" port 7777
   failed to create connection: Connection timed out - connect(2) for "10.230.56.100" port 7777
   Threads done. 2000 connections
   press enter to exit

 * Test cases possibly available upon request,
   depending on original author's permission.

[Regression Potential] 

 * The patchset has been reviewed by a netfilter maintainer [1] in
   stable mailing list, and was considered OK for 4.14, and that's
   essentially the same backport for 4.15 and 4.4. 

 * The changes are limited to netfilter conncount/connlimit (names
   change between older/newer kernel versions).

[Other Info]
 
 * The backport for 4.14 [2] is applied as of 4.14.92.

[1] https://www.spinics.net/lists/stable/msg276883.html
[2] https://www.spinics.net/lists/stable/msg276910.html

Florian Westphal (2):
  netfilter: nf_conncount: fix garbage collection confirm race
  netfilter: nf_conncount: don't skip eviction when age is negative

Mauricio Faria de Oliveira (1):
  UBUNTU: SAUCE: netfilter: xt_connlimit: remove the 'addr' parameter in
    add_hlist()

Pablo Neira Ayuso (1):
  netfilter: nf_conncount: expose connection list interface

Yi-Hung Wei (1):
  netfilter: nf_conncount: Fix garbage collection with zones

 include/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_count.h | 15 ++++
 net/netfilter/xt_connlimit.c               | 96 +++++++++++++++++-----
 2 files changed, 91 insertions(+), 20 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 include/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_count.h

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