Re: [PATCH v4 net-next 5/5] net: filter: split 'struct sk_filter' into socket and bpf parts

From: Alexei Starovoitov
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 - 17:02:27 EST

On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM, Pablo Neira Ayuso <pablo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 08:34:16PM -0700, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:
>> clean up names related to socket filtering and bpf in the following way:
>> - everything that deals with sockets keeps 'sk_*' prefix
>> - everything that is pure BPF is changed to 'bpf_*' prefix
>> split 'struct sk_filter' into
>> struct sk_filter {
>> atomic_t refcnt;
>> struct rcu_head rcu;
>> struct bpf_prog *prog;
>> };
> I think you can use 'struct bpf_prog prog' instead so the entire
> sk_filter remains in the same memory blob (as it is before this
> patch).
> You can add an inline function to retrieve the bpg prog from the
> filter:
> static inline struct bpf_prog *sk_filter_bpf(struct sk_filter *)
> and use it whenever possible to fetch the bpf program. I'm suggesting
> this because we can use the zero array size in the socket filtering
> abstraction later on, if the function above is used, this just needs
> one line in that function to be updated to fetch the program from the
> placeholder.

correct. It would speed up SK_RUN_FILTER macro a little and I've
considered it, but decided to go with the pointer for two reasons:
1.In sk_attach_filter() the bpf_prog is allocated, then reallocated
as part of bpf_prepare_filter(). My patch #1 cleans up that part to
avoid 'struct sock *' dependency, so all bpf_* functions work
purely with bpf_prog... If bpf_prog is embedded inside sk_filter,
bpf_prepare_filter would need to have a callback to reallocate
the container struct and pass this callback through the chain
of calls, which is ugly.
2. having it as a pointer helps nft in the long run, since whole of
bpf_prog doesn't stay around inside sk_filter when it's not used.
So I think embedding pointer was a cleaner solution.
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