Re: [PATCH v2 net-next 0/3] bpf: share helpers between tracing and networking

From: Alexei Starovoitov
Date: Tue Jun 16 2015 - 13:11:15 EST

On 6/16/15 2:19 AM, Daniel Borkmann wrote:
if you really want to, you
could go via skb->sk->sk_socket->file and then retrieve credentials
from there for egress side (you can have a look at xt_owner). You'd
need a different *_proto helper for tc in that case, which would
then map to BPF_FUNC_get_current_uid_gid, etc. But that doesn't work
for ingress however, even if you would have early demux, so you
would need to let the eBPF helper function return an error code in
that case.

was looking at cls_flow to do exactly that, but with different helper
name. Like bpf_get_socket_uid_gid(). The use case is to collect
network statistics per-user and per-process. I think android still using
some out of tree hacks for that. Ingress indeed is not solved by this
skb->sk->sk_socket approach. I considered kprobe style, but accessing
skb->len via probe_read is kernel specific, nonportable and slow-ish.
Ideally we would allow a blend of tracing and networking programs,
then the best solution would be one or two stable tracepoints in
networking stack where skb is visible and receiving/transmitting task
is also visible, then skb->len and task->pid together would give nice
foundation for accurate stats.
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