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Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:40:16 +0530 (IST)
From: P J P <>
Subject: Re: Linux kernel handling of IPv6 temporary

  Hello George,

+-- On Wed, 16 Jan 2013, George Kargiotakis wrote --+
| what distro/kernel version are you trying ? I'm using latest ubuntu 12.10 with 3.5.7.
| The messages I'm mentioning certainly appear upon testing with ubuntu 12.10 live CD for example.

  I'm using RHEL-6.3 with kernel-2.6.32.

| Your new patch works "better", but still the main problem hasn't been
| eliminated. And I explain myself.
| While flooding with RAs the following appears in the dmesg:
| [  117.721878] IPv6: ipv6_create_tempaddr: ipv6 temporary address upper limit reached
| which is what your patch is supposed to do. But acquired addresses
| from flooding all seem to have the tentative flag on:
|     inet6 fd00:966f:7996:c731:9191:a3ce:99bc:897e/64 scope global temporary tentative dynamic 

  Yes, I too observed similar output, not sure it's because of the patch 
though. I guess problem is somewhere else, I'm looking.

| what I also find wrong here is that all temporary addresses (dynamic) 
| acquired have gotten the same last 64bits. I don't think this is OK per RFC 
| 4941 even if not explicitly defined there. Every temp. address created 
| should be different per prefix from the rest.
| use_tempaddr for the iface still has '2' as its value
| # cat /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/eth0/use_tempaddr 
| 2
| then after taking the interface down and up again even the new addresses acquired still have the tentative flag enabled:
| dmesg reports:
| [  322.195426] IPv6: ipv6_create_tempaddr: regeneration time exceeded - disabled temporary address support
| use_tempaddr for the iface now has '-1' as its value though
| # cat /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/eth0/use_tempaddr 
| -1
| And so there actually isn't any IPv6 connectivity from then on until a reboot.
| Flooding triggers something that corrupts ipv6 functionality.

  I see, I'll try to look for these clues, will get back asap.

Thanks so much.
Prasad J Pandit / Red Hat Security Response Team
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