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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH][RFC] qemu:virtio-net: Use TUNSETTXFILTER for MA
Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH][RFC] qemu:virtio-net: Use TUNSETTXFILTER for MAC filtering
Fri, 6 Feb 2009 15:12:41 +0000
On Friday 06 February 2009, Alex Williamson wrote:
> Now that virtio-net knows what packets the guest wants to see, we
> can start moving the filtering down the stack. This patch adds
> an interface to set the software filter in the tap device. It's
> fairly limited, but we can back it up with our own filtering if it
I think you've got the abstraction wrong here. Devices certainly shouldn't
care what else is connected to the vlan.
Remember that a qemu vlan is an arbitrary set of network devices. You need to
be able to support multiple devices all with their own filters.
There should be two interface points between the the vlan and the device:
1) The device can indicate that it only cares about incoming (vlan to device)
packets sent to a subset of MAC addresses.
2) The vlan can request that a device discards outgoing (device to vlan)
packets that don't match a subset of MAC addresses.
Typically a emulated NIC will implement (1) and a host interface will
The generic vlan code should be responsible for using the information provided
by (1) to set (2) appropriately. Remember that network devices can be
On a related note, you need to add comments making it clear that this is a
performance optimisation, and must not be relied on. A device may still
receive packets that should have been filtered out. If a device needs
reliable filtering (most "real" hardware does), then this still needs to be