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Subject[PATCH 5.10 347/530] xsk: Respect devices headroom and tailroom on generic xmit path
From: Alexander Lobakin <>

[ Upstream commit 3914d88f7608e6c2e80e344474fa289370c32451 ]

xsk_generic_xmit() allocates a new skb and then queues it for
xmitting. The size of new skb's headroom is desc->len, so it comes
to the driver/device with no reserved headroom and/or tailroom.
Lots of drivers need some headroom (and sometimes tailroom) to
prepend (and/or append) some headers or data, e.g. CPU tags,
device-specific headers/descriptors (LSO, TLS etc.), and if case
of no available space skb_cow_head() will reallocate the skb.
Reallocations are unwanted on fast-path, especially when it comes
to XDP, so generic XSK xmit should reserve the spaces declared in
dev->needed_headroom and dev->needed tailroom to avoid them.

Note on max(NET_SKB_PAD, L1_CACHE_ALIGN(dev->needed_headroom)):

Usually, output functions reserve LL_RESERVED_SPACE(dev), which
consists of dev->hard_header_len + dev->needed_headroom, aligned
by 16.

However, on XSK xmit hard header is already here in the chunk, so
hard_header_len is not needed. But it'd still be better to align
data up to cacheline, while reserving no less than driver requests
for headroom. NET_SKB_PAD here is to double-insure there will be
no reallocations even when the driver advertises no needed_headroom,
but in fact need it (not so rare case).

Fixes: 35fcde7f8deb ("xsk: support for Tx")
Signed-off-by: Alexander Lobakin <>
Signed-off-by: Daniel Borkmann <>
Acked-by: Magnus Karlsson <>
Acked-by: John Fastabend <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
net/xdp/xsk.c | 8 +++++++-
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/xdp/xsk.c b/net/xdp/xsk.c
index 52fd1f96b241..ca4716b92774 100644
--- a/net/xdp/xsk.c
+++ b/net/xdp/xsk.c
@@ -380,12 +380,16 @@ static int xsk_generic_xmit(struct sock *sk)
struct sk_buff *skb;
unsigned long flags;
int err = 0;
+ u32 hr, tr;


if (xs->queue_id >= xs->dev->real_num_tx_queues)
goto out;

+ hr = max(NET_SKB_PAD, L1_CACHE_ALIGN(xs->dev->needed_headroom));
+ tr = xs->dev->needed_tailroom;
while (xskq_cons_peek_desc(xs->tx, &desc, xs->pool)) {
char *buffer;
u64 addr;
@@ -397,11 +401,13 @@ static int xsk_generic_xmit(struct sock *sk)

len = desc.len;
- skb = sock_alloc_send_skb(sk, len, 1, &err);
+ skb = sock_alloc_send_skb(sk, hr + len + tr, 1, &err);
if (unlikely(!skb))
goto out;

+ skb_reserve(skb, hr);
skb_put(skb, len);
addr = desc.addr;
buffer = xsk_buff_raw_get_data(xs->pool, addr);
err = skb_store_bits(skb, 0, buffer, len);

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