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Re: FairQ ALTQ for PF - Patch #2

From: Max Laier <max@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2008 17:53:01 +0200

On Monday 07 April 2008 17:05:32 Matthew Dillon wrote:
> :Yes, quoting http://www.openbsd.org/faq/pf/filter.html:
> :
> :In OpenBSD 4.1 and later, the default flags S/SA are applied to all
> : TCP filter rules.
> :
> :Since OpenBSD 4.1, "keep state" is also the default.
> :
> :Cedric
>     I found the code.  NetBSD hasn't seemed to have adopted that
> change.
>     I'm not sure I want to adopt the keep state by default on pass
>     rules but S/SA clearly must be adopted and its default modified by
>     the new options (i.e. S/SA set by default (also for 'nopickups'),
>     and not set if 'pickups' or 'hashonly' since we want to pickup the
>     stream in the middle for the latter two.

You will want this change, too:
if you turn on "flags S/SA" by default.

>     Some of this stuff is starting to look a little overboard.  I can
> see having keep state on as a default if it didn't have such an adverse
> effect on existing TCP streams on reboot, but it does and because it
> does I don't think I want it turned on as a default in DragonFly.
>     Or, alternatively, we could turn it on by default in DragonFly but
>     as 'hashonly' unless a keep state directive is explicitly specified
>     in the rule.  But then issues pop up where the administrator might
> not have wanted keep state for everything due to extreme volumes and
> doing that could blow out the areas he DID want keep state on.  So,
> right now, I'm inclined not to turn on keep state by default if it
> isn't specified in the rule.

Note that processing the ruleset is *really* expensive.  Keep state 
whereever, whenever you can.  I agree that the tcp checking is a bit 
overzealous, but not keeping state at all is not a good idea.

I don't know what the most reasonable default is, but offering a way to 
switch off the extended tcp checking is certainly a good thing.  I think 
I will take this to FreeBSD sooner or later, but will keep conservative 
defaults.  i.e. "flags S/SA keep state (nopickups)" in your current 
proposed naming.

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