Discussion:
[PATCH] nf_conntrack_proto_tcp: allow server to become a client in TW handling
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Marcelo Ricardo Leitner
2014-10-13 16:09:28 UTC
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When a port that was used to listen for inbound connections gets closed
and reused for outgoing connections (like rsh ends up doing for stderr
flow), current we may reject the SYN/ACK packet for the new connection
because tcp_conntracks states forbirds a port to become a client while
there is still a TIME_WAIT entry in there for it.

As TCP may expire the TIME_WAIT socket in 60s and conntrack's timeout
for it is 120s, there is a ~60s window that the application can end up
opening a port that conntrack will end up blocking.

This patch fixes this by simply allowing such state transition: if we
see a SYN, in TIME_WAIT state, on REPLY direction, move it to sSS. Note
that the rest of the code already handles this situation, more
specificly in tcp_packet(), first switch clause.

Signed-off-by: Marcelo Ricardo Leitner <***@redhat.com>
---
net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
index 44d1ea32570a07338dc39f34624bd823b6f76916..d87b6423ffb21e0f8f9b6ef25ef51c1cb5f54ad6 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
@@ -213,7 +213,7 @@ static const u8 tcp_conntracks[2][6][TCP_CONNTRACK_MAX] = {
{
/* REPLY */
/* sNO, sSS, sSR, sES, sFW, sCW, sLA, sTW, sCL, sS2 */
-/*syn*/ { sIV, sS2, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sS2 },
+/*syn*/ { sIV, sS2, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sSS, sIV, sS2 },
/*
* sNO -> sIV Never reached.
* sSS -> sS2 Simultaneous open
@@ -223,7 +223,7 @@ static const u8 tcp_conntracks[2][6][TCP_CONNTRACK_MAX] = {
* sFW -> sIV
* sCW -> sIV
* sLA -> sIV
- * sTW -> sIV Reopened connection, but server may not do it.
+ * sTW -> sSS Reopened connection, but server may have switched role
* sCL -> sIV
*/
/* sNO, sSS, sSR, sES, sFW, sCW, sLA, sTW, sCL, sS2 */
--
1.9.3

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Jozsef Kadlecsik
2014-10-15 07:27:43 UTC
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Post by Marcelo Ricardo Leitner
When a port that was used to listen for inbound connections gets closed
and reused for outgoing connections (like rsh ends up doing for stderr
flow), current we may reject the SYN/ACK packet for the new connection
because tcp_conntracks states forbirds a port to become a client while
there is still a TIME_WAIT entry in there for it.
As TCP may expire the TIME_WAIT socket in 60s and conntrack's timeout
for it is 120s, there is a ~60s window that the application can end up
opening a port that conntrack will end up blocking.
This patch fixes this by simply allowing such state transition: if we
see a SYN, in TIME_WAIT state, on REPLY direction, move it to sSS. Note
that the rest of the code already handles this situation, more
specificly in tcp_packet(), first switch clause.
In those code branch if there was a valid FIN in either direction, we
destroy the old connection and a new will be created. That way the rules
about NEW connections will be applied, so the policies are not bypassed.
Otherwise we just ignore the SYN packet, so if it's invalid, we'll catch
the RST from the other side and destroy the conntrack entry. The event
flow looks OK to me.
Acked-by: Jozsef Kadlecsik <***@blackhole.kfki.hu>

Best regards,
Jozsef
Post by Marcelo Ricardo Leitner
---
net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
index 44d1ea32570a07338dc39f34624bd823b6f76916..d87b6423ffb21e0f8f9b6ef25ef51c1cb5f54ad6 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_tcp.c
@@ -213,7 +213,7 @@ static const u8 tcp_conntracks[2][6][TCP_CONNTRACK_MAX] = {
{
/* REPLY */
/* sNO, sSS, sSR, sES, sFW, sCW, sLA, sTW, sCL, sS2 */
-/*syn*/ { sIV, sS2, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sS2 },
+/*syn*/ { sIV, sS2, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sIV, sSS, sIV, sS2 },
/*
* sNO -> sIV Never reached.
* sSS -> sS2 Simultaneous open
@@ -223,7 +223,7 @@ static const u8 tcp_conntracks[2][6][TCP_CONNTRACK_MAX] = {
* sFW -> sIV
* sCW -> sIV
* sLA -> sIV
- * sTW -> sIV Reopened connection, but server may not do it.
+ * sTW -> sSS Reopened connection, but server may have switched role
* sCL -> sIV
*/
/* sNO, sSS, sSR, sES, sFW, sCW, sLA, sTW, sCL, sS2 */
--
1.9.3
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Pablo Neira Ayuso
2014-10-22 12:28:20 UTC
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Post by Jozsef Kadlecsik
Post by Marcelo Ricardo Leitner
When a port that was used to listen for inbound connections gets closed
and reused for outgoing connections (like rsh ends up doing for stderr
flow), current we may reject the SYN/ACK packet for the new connection
because tcp_conntracks states forbirds a port to become a client while
there is still a TIME_WAIT entry in there for it.
As TCP may expire the TIME_WAIT socket in 60s and conntrack's timeout
for it is 120s, there is a ~60s window that the application can end up
opening a port that conntrack will end up blocking.
This patch fixes this by simply allowing such state transition: if we
see a SYN, in TIME_WAIT state, on REPLY direction, move it to sSS. Note
that the rest of the code already handles this situation, more
specificly in tcp_packet(), first switch clause.
In those code branch if there was a valid FIN in either direction, we
destroy the old connection and a new will be created. That way the rules
about NEW connections will be applied, so the policies are not bypassed.
Otherwise we just ignore the SYN packet, so if it's invalid, we'll catch
the RST from the other side and destroy the conntrack entry. The event
flow looks OK to me.
Applied, thanks.

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