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Based on kernel version 4.16.1. Page generated on 2018-04-09 11:53 EST.

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3	XFRM device - offloading the IPsec computations
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5	Shannon Nelson <shannon.nelson@oracle.com>
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8	Overview
9	========
10	
11	IPsec is a useful feature for securing network traffic, but the
12	computational cost is high: a 10Gbps link can easily be brought down
13	to under 1Gbps, depending on the traffic and link configuration.
14	Luckily, there are NICs that offer a hardware based IPsec offload which
15	can radically increase throughput and decrease CPU utilization.  The XFRM
16	Device interface allows NIC drivers to offer to the stack access to the
17	hardware offload.
18	
19	Userland access to the offload is typically through a system such as
20	libreswan or KAME/raccoon, but the iproute2 'ip xfrm' command set can
21	be handy when experimenting.  An example command might look something
22	like this:
23	
24	  ip x s add proto esp dst 14.0.0.70 src 14.0.0.52 spi 0x07 mode transport \
25	     reqid 0x07 replay-window 32 \
26	     aead 'rfc4106(gcm(aes))' 0x44434241343332312423222114131211f4f3f2f1 128 \
27	     sel src 14.0.0.52/24 dst 14.0.0.70/24 proto tcp \
28	     offload dev eth4 dir in
29	
30	Yes, that's ugly, but that's what shell scripts and/or libreswan are for.
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33	
34	Callbacks to implement
35	======================
36	
37	/* from include/linux/netdevice.h */
38	struct xfrmdev_ops {
39		int	(*xdo_dev_state_add) (struct xfrm_state *x);
40		void	(*xdo_dev_state_delete) (struct xfrm_state *x);
41		void	(*xdo_dev_state_free) (struct xfrm_state *x);
42		bool	(*xdo_dev_offload_ok) (struct sk_buff *skb,
43					       struct xfrm_state *x);
44		void    (*xdo_dev_state_advance_esn) (struct xfrm_state *x);
45	};
46	
47	The NIC driver offering ipsec offload will need to implement these
48	callbacks to make the offload available to the network stack's
49	XFRM subsytem.  Additionally, the feature bits NETIF_F_HW_ESP and
50	NETIF_F_HW_ESP_TX_CSUM will signal the availability of the offload.
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53	
54	Flow
55	====
56	
57	At probe time and before the call to register_netdev(), the driver should
58	set up local data structures and XFRM callbacks, and set the feature bits.
59	The XFRM code's listener will finish the setup on NETDEV_REGISTER.
60	
61			adapter->netdev->xfrmdev_ops = &ixgbe_xfrmdev_ops;
62			adapter->netdev->features |= NETIF_F_HW_ESP;
63			adapter->netdev->hw_enc_features |= NETIF_F_HW_ESP;
64	
65	When new SAs are set up with a request for "offload" feature, the
66	driver's xdo_dev_state_add() will be given the new SA to be offloaded
67	and an indication of whether it is for Rx or Tx.  The driver should
68		- verify the algorithm is supported for offloads
69		- store the SA information (key, salt, target-ip, protocol, etc)
70		- enable the HW offload of the SA
71	
72	The driver can also set an offload_handle in the SA, an opaque void pointer
73	that can be used to convey context into the fast-path offload requests.
74	
75			xs->xso.offload_handle = context;
76	
77	
78	When the network stack is preparing an IPsec packet for an SA that has
79	been setup for offload, it first calls into xdo_dev_offload_ok() with
80	the skb and the intended offload state to ask the driver if the offload
81	will serviceable.  This can check the packet information to be sure the
82	offload can be supported (e.g. IPv4 or IPv6, no IPv4 options, etc) and
83	return true of false to signify its support.
84	
85	When ready to send, the driver needs to inspect the Tx packet for the
86	offload information, including the opaque context, and set up the packet
87	send accordingly.
88	
89			xs = xfrm_input_state(skb);
90			context = xs->xso.offload_handle;
91			set up HW for send
92	
93	The stack has already inserted the appropriate IPsec headers in the
94	packet data, the offload just needs to do the encryption and fix up the
95	header values.
96	
97	
98	When a packet is received and the HW has indicated that it offloaded a
99	decryption, the driver needs to add a reference to the decoded SA into
100	the packet's skb.  At this point the data should be decrypted but the
101	IPsec headers are still in the packet data; they are removed later up
102	the stack in xfrm_input().
103	
104		find and hold the SA that was used to the Rx skb
105			get spi, protocol, and destination IP from packet headers
106			xs = find xs from (spi, protocol, dest_IP)
107			xfrm_state_hold(xs);
108	
109		store the state information into the skb
110			skb->sp = secpath_dup(skb->sp);
111			skb->sp->xvec[skb->sp->len++] = xs;
112			skb->sp->olen++;
113	
114		indicate the success and/or error status of the offload
115			xo = xfrm_offload(skb);
116			xo->flags = CRYPTO_DONE;
117			xo->status = crypto_status;
118	
119		hand the packet to napi_gro_receive() as usual
120	
121	In ESN mode, xdo_dev_state_advance_esn() is called from xfrm_replay_advance_esn().
122	Driver will check packet seq number and update HW ESN state machine if needed.
123	
124	When the SA is removed by the user, the driver's xdo_dev_state_delete()
125	is asked to disable the offload.  Later, xdo_dev_state_free() is called
126	from a garbage collection routine after all reference counts to the state
127	have been removed and any remaining resources can be cleared for the
128	offload state.  How these are used by the driver will depend on specific
129	hardware needs.
130	
131	As a netdev is set to DOWN the XFRM stack's netdev listener will call
132	xdo_dev_state_delete() and xdo_dev_state_free() on any remaining offloaded
133	states.
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