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* [net-next PATCH v2] tcp: Add logic to check for SYN w/ data in tcp_simple_retransmit
@ 2020-12-12 20:05 Alexander Duyck
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From: Alexander Duyck @ 2020-12-12 20:05 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: edumazet, davem, kuba, ycheng
  Cc: kuznet, yoshfuji, netdev, linux-kernel, kafai, kernel-team

From: Alexander Duyck <>

There are cases where a fastopen SYN may trigger either a ICMP_TOOBIG
message in the case of IPv6 or a fragmentation request in the case of
IPv4. This results in the socket stalling for a second or more as it does
not respond to the message by retransmitting the SYN frame.

Normally a SYN frame should not be able to trigger a ICMP_TOOBIG or
ICMP_FRAG_NEEDED however in the case of fastopen we can have a frame that
makes use of the entire MSS. In the case of fastopen it does, and an
additional complication is that the retransmit queue doesn't contain the
original frames. As a result when tcp_simple_retransmit is called and
walks the list of frames in the queue it may not mark the frames as lost
because both the SYN and the data packet each individually are smaller than
the MSS size after the adjustment. This results in the socket being stalled
until the retransmit timer kicks in and forces the SYN frame out again
without the data attached.

In order to resolve this we can generate our best estimate for the original
packet size by detecting the fastopen SYN frame and then adding the
overhead for MAX_TCP_OPTION_SPACE and verifying if the SYN w/ data would
have exceeded the MSS. If so we can mark the frame as lost and retransmit

Signed-off-by: Alexander Duyck <>
 net/ipv4/tcp_input.c |   17 ++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 16 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/ipv4/tcp_input.c b/net/ipv4/tcp_input.c
index 9e8a6c1aa019..e44327a39a1f 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/tcp_input.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/tcp_input.c
@@ -2688,7 +2688,22 @@ void tcp_simple_retransmit(struct sock *sk)
 	const struct inet_connection_sock *icsk = inet_csk(sk);
 	struct tcp_sock *tp = tcp_sk(sk);
 	struct sk_buff *skb;
-	unsigned int mss = tcp_current_mss(sk);
+	int mss;
+	/* A fastopen SYN request is stored as two separate packets within
+	 * the retransmit queue, this is done by tcp_send_syn_data().
+	 * As a result simply checking the MSS of the frames in the queue
+	 * will not work for the SYN packet.
+	 *
+	 * Us being here is an indication of a path MTU issue so we can
+	 * assume that the fastopen SYN was lost and just mark all the
+	 * frames in the retransmit queue as lost. We will use an MSS of
+	 * -1 to mark all frames as lost, otherwise compute the current MSS.
+	 */
+	if (tp->syn_data && sk->sk_state == TCP_SYN_SENT)
+		mss = -1;
+	else
+		mss = tcp_current_mss(sk);
 	skb_rbtree_walk(skb, &sk->tcp_rtx_queue) {
 		if (tcp_skb_seglen(skb) > mss)

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