Re: [PATCH RFC] net: dsa: Make switches VLAN aware when enslaved into a bridge

From: Ido Schimmel
Date: Fri Oct 26 2018 - 11:10:29 EST

On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 12:36:57PM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> Commit 2ea7a679ca2a ("net: dsa: Don't add vlans when vlan filtering is
> disabled") changed the behavior of DSA switches when the switch ports
> are enslaved into the bridge and only pushed the VLAN configuration down
> to the switch if the bridge is configured with VLAN filtering enabled.

This is what mlxsw is doing.

> This is unfortunately wrong, because what vlan_filtering configures is a
> policy on the acceptance of VLAN tagged frames with an unknown VID.
> vlan_filtering=0 means a frame with a VLAN tag that is not part of the
> VLAN table should be allowed to ingress the switch, and vlan_fltering=1
> would reject that frame.

While you correctly describe the logic, this is not how VLAN-unaware
bridges are actually used. The expectation is that packets will be
untagged when entering the bridge. Either because they are truly
untagged or because they were untagged by a VLAN netdev.

For a long time we rejected the enslavement of physical ports to
VLAN-unaware bridges and only allowed VLAN netdevs to be enslaved. In
order to support the logic you described, we would need to map all 4K
VLANs on each port to 4K different FIDs. In addition, each FDB entry
would need to be programmed 4K times, each time with a different FID.
This is because FDB lookup is performed using {MAC, FID} and not only
MAC. I can go into more details about why we cannot map different VLANs
on a port to the same FID, but I do not think it is pertinent to our

Eventually, users started complaining about this constraint and we
relaxed it in commit 65b53bfd497b ("mlxsw: spectrum_switchdev: Allow
port enslavement to a VLAN-unaware bridge").

P.S. Corrected Petr's mail address.