[B.A.T.M.A.N.] [PATCH] batman-adv: allow updating DAT entry timeouts on incoming ARP Replies

Sven Eckelmann sven at narfation.org
Tue Mar 19 08:48:23 CET 2019

On Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:52:43 CET Linus Lüssing wrote:
> Currently incoming ARP Replies, for example via a DHT-PUT message, do
> not update the timeout for an already existing DAT entry. These ARP
> Replies are dropped instead.
> This however defeats the purpose of the DHCPACK snooping, for instance.
> Right now, a DAT entry in the DHT will be purged every five minutes,
> likely leading to a mesh-wide ARP Request broadcast after this timeout.
> Which then recreates the entry. The idea of the DHCPACK snooping is to
> be able to update an entry before a timeout happens, to avoid ARP Request
> flooding.
> This patch fixes this issue by updating a DAT entry on incoming
> ARP Replies even if a matching DAT entry already exists. While still
> filtering the ARP Reply towards the soft-interface, to avoid duplicate
> messages on the client device side.
> Signed-off-by: Linus Lüssing <linus.luessing at c0d3.blue>
> ---
> This patch was verified in VMs via gratuitous ARP Replies generated by
> "mausezahn", together with the
> "batman-adv: allow snooping gratuitous ARP Replies" patch.
> Before this patch, the timeout observed via "batctl dc" would continue
> to increase on gratuitous ARP Reply reception. After this patch, the
> last-seen value was reset to 0 successfully.
> ---

@Antonio: Any opinions about the patch [1]?

Kind regards,

[1] https://patchwork.open-mesh.org/patch/17828/
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