17.4. eBPF and XDP¶
eBPF stands for extended BPF. This is an extended version of Berkeley Packet Filter available in recent Linux kernel versions.
It provides more advanced features with eBPF programs developed in C and capability to use structured data shared between kernel and userspace.
eBPF is used for three things in Suricata:
- eBPF filter: any BPF like filter can be developed. An example of filter accepting only packet for some VLANs is provided. A bypass implementation is also provided.
- eBPF load balancing: provide programmable load balancing. A simple ippair load balancing is provided.
- XDP programs: suricata can load XDP programs. A bypass program is provided.
Bypass can be implemented in eBPF and XDP. The advantage of XDP is that the packets are dropped at the earliest stage possible. So performance is better. But bypassed packets don’t reach the network so you can’t use this on regular traffic but only on duplicated/sniffed traffic.
XDP provides another Linux native way of optimising Suricata’s performance on sniffing high speed networks.
XDP or eXpress Data Path provides a high performance, programmable network data path in the Linux kernel as part of the IO Visor Project. XDP provides bare metal packet processing at the lowest point in the software stack which makes it ideal for speed without compromising programmability. Furthermore, new functions can be implemented dynamically with the integrated fast path without kernel modification.
You will need a kernel that supports XDP and, for real performance improvement, a network card that support XDP in the driver.
Suricata XDP code has been tested with 4.13.10 but 4.15 or later is necessary to use all features like the CPU redirect map.
If you are using an Intel netword card, you will need to stay with in tree kernel NIC drivers. The out of tree drivers do not contain the XDP support.
Having a network card with support for RSS symmetric hashing is a good point or you will have to use the XDP CPU redirect map feature.
This guide has been confirmed on Debian/Ubuntu “LTS” Linux.
220.127.116.11. Disable irqbalance¶
systemctl stop irqbalance systemctl disable irqbalance
You need to run a kernel 4.13 or newer.
Make sure you have clang (>=3.9) installed on the system
sudo apt-get install clang
Suricata uses libbpf to interact with eBPF and XDP. This library is available in the Linux tree. Before Linux 4.16, a patched libbpf library is also needed:
git clone -b libbpf-release https://github.com/regit/linux.git
If you have a recent enough kernel, you can skip this part.
Now, you can build and install the library
cd linux/tools/lib/bpf/ make && sudo make install sudo make install_headers sudo ldconfig
17.4.4. Compile and install Suricata¶
To get Suricata source, you can use the usual
git clone https://github.com/OISF/suricata.git cd suricata && git clone https://github.com/OISF/libhtp.git -b 0.5.x ./autogen.sh
Then you need to add the ebpf flags to configure
CC=clang ./configure --prefix=/usr/ --sysconfdir=/etc/ --localstatedir=/var/ \ --enable-ebpf --enable-ebpf-build make clean && make sudo make install-full sudo ldconfig sudo mkdir /etc/suricata/ebpf/
17.4.5. Setup bypass¶
If you plan to use eBPF or XDP for a kernel/hardware level bypass, you need to do the following:
First, enable bypass in the stream section
stream: bypass: true
If you want, you can also bypass encrypted flows by setting encrypt-handling to bypass in the app-layer tls section
app-layer: protocols: tls: enabled: yes detection-ports: dp: 443 encrypt-handling: bypass
17.4.6. Setup eBPF filter¶
The file ebpf/vlan_filter.c contains a list of vlan id in a switch that you need to edit to get something adapted to your network. Another really basic filter dropping IPv6 packets is also available in ebpf/filter.c.
Suricata can load as eBPF filter any eBPF code exposing a
Once modifications and build via make are done, you can copy the resulting eBPF filter as needed
cp ebpf/vlan_filter.bpf /etc/suricata/ebpf/
Then setup the ebpf-filter-file variable in af-packet section
- interface: eth3 threads: 16 cluster-id: 97 cluster-type: cluster_flow # choose any type suitable defrag: yes # eBPF file containing a 'loadbalancer' function that will be inserted into the # kernel and used as load balancing function ebpf-filter-file: /etc/suricata/ebpf/vlan_filter.bpf use-mmap: yes ring-size: 200000
You can then run suricata normally
/usr/bin/suricata --pidfile /var/run/suricata.pid --af-packet=eth3 -vvv
17.4.7. Setup eBPF bypass¶
You can also use eBPF bypass. To do that load the bypass_filter.bpf file and update af-packet configuration to set bypass to yes
- interface: eth3 threads: 16 cluster-id: 97 cluster-type: cluster_qm # symmetric RSS hashing is mandatory to use this mode # eBPF file containing a 'filter' function that will be inserted into the # kernel and used as packet filter function ebpf-filter-file: /etc/suricata/ebpf/bypass_filter.bpf bypass: yes use-mmap: yes ring-size: 200000
Constraints on eBPF code to have a bypass compliant code are stronger than for regular filter. The filter must expose flow_table_v4 and flow_table_v6 per CPU array maps with similar definitions as the one available in bypass_filter.c. These two maps will be accessed and maintained by Suricata to handle the lists of flow to bypass.
17.4.8. Setup eBPF load balancing¶
eBPF load balancing allows to load balance the traffic on the listening sockets
With any logic implemented in the eBPF filter. The value returned by the function
tagged with the
loadbalancer section is used with a modulo on the CPU count to know in
which socket the packet has to be send.
An implementation of a simple IP pair hashing function is provided in the
Copy the resulting eBPF filter as needed
cp ebpf/lb.bpf /etc/suricata/ebpf/
cluster_ebpf as load balancing method in the interface section of af-packet
and point the
ebpf-lb-file variable to the
- interface: eth3 threads: 16 cluster-id: 97 cluster-type: cluster_ebpf defrag: yes # eBPF file containing a 'loadbalancer' function that will be inserted into the # kernel and used as load balancing function ebpf-lb-file: /etc/suricata/ebpf/lb.bpf use-mmap: yes ring-size: 200000
17.4.9. Setup XDP bypass¶
XDP bypass will allow Suricata to tell the kernel that packets for some flows have to be dropped via the XDP mechanism. This is a really early drop that occurs before the datagram is reaching the Linux kernel network stack.
Linux 4.15 or newer are recommended to use that feature. You can use it
on older kernel if you set
BUILD_CPUMAP to 0 in
Copy the resulting xdp filter as needed:
cp ebpf/xdp_filter.bpf /etc/suricata/ebpf/
Setup af-packet section/interface in
We will use
cluster_qm as we have symmetric hashing on the NIC,
xdp-mode: driver and we will
also use the
/etc/suricata/ebpf/xdp_filter.bpf (in our example TCP offloading/bypass)
- interface: eth3 threads: 16 cluster-id: 97 cluster-type: cluster_qm # symmetric hashing is a must! defrag: yes # Xdp mode, "soft" for skb based version, "driver" for network card based # and "hw" for card supporting eBPF. xdp-mode: driver xdp-filter-file: /etc/suricata/ebpf/xdp_filter.bpf # if the ebpf filter implements a bypass function, you can set 'bypass' to # yes and benefit from these feature bypass: yes use-mmap: yes ring-size: 200000
XDP bypass is compatible with AF_PACKET IPS mode. Packets from bypassed flows will be send directly from one card to the second card without going by the kernel network stack.
18.104.22.168. Setup symmetric hashing on the NIC¶
Intel network card don’t support symmetric hashing but it is possible to emulate it by using a specific hashing function.
Follow these instructions closely for desired result:
ifconfig eth3 down
Use in tree kernel drivers: XDP support is not available in Intel drivers available on Intel website.
Enable symmetric hashing
ifconfig eth3 down ethtool -L eth3 combined 16 # if you have at least 16 cores ethtool -K eth3 rxhash on ethtool -K eth3 ntuple on ifconfig eth3 up ./set_irq_affinity 0-15 eth3 ethtool -X eth3 hkey 6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A:6D:5A equal 16 ethtool -x eth3 ethtool -n eth3
In the above setup you are free to use any recent
set_irq_affinity script. It is available in any Intel x520/710 NIC sources driver download.
NOTE: We use a special low entropy key for the symmetric hashing. More info about the research for symmetric hashing set up
22.214.171.124. Disable any NIC offloading¶
Run the following command to disable offloading
for i in rx tx tso ufo gso gro lro tx nocache copy sg txvlan rxvlan; do /sbin/ethtool -K eth3 $i off 2>&1 > /dev/null; done
126.96.36.199. Balance as much as you can¶
Try to use the network’s card balancing as much as possible
for proto in tcp4 udp4 ah4 esp4 sctp4 tcp6 udp6 ah6 esp6 sctp6; do /sbin/ethtool -N eth3 rx-flow-hash $proto sdfn done
188.8.131.52. The XDP CPU redirect case¶
If ever your hardware is not able to do a symmetric load balancing but support XDP in driver mode, you can then use the CPU redirect map support available in the xdp_filter.bpf file. In this mode, the load balancing will be done by the XDP filter and each CPU will handle the whole packet treatment including the creation of the skb structure in kernel.
You will need Linux 4.15 or newer to use that feature.
To do so set the xdp-cpu-redirect variable in af-packet interface configuration to a set of CPUs. Then use the cluster_cpu as load balancing function. You will also need to set the affinity accordingly.
It is possible to use xdp_monitor to have information about the behavior of CPU redirect. This program is available in Linux tree under the samples/bpf directory and will be build by the make command. Sample output is the following
sudo ./xdp_monitor --stats XDP-event CPU:to pps drop-pps extra-info XDP_REDIRECT 11 2,880,212 0 Success XDP_REDIRECT total 2,880,212 0 Success XDP_REDIRECT total 0 0 Error cpumap-enqueue 11:0 575,954 0 5.27 bulk-average cpumap-enqueue sum:0 575,954 0 5.27 bulk-average cpumap-kthread 0 575,990 0 56,409 sched cpumap-kthread 1 576,090 0 54,897 sched
184.108.40.206. Start Suricata with XDP¶
You can now start Suricata with XDP bypass activated
/usr/bin/suricata -c /etc/suricata/xdp-suricata.yaml --pidfile /var/run/suricata.pid --af-packet=eth3 -vvv
Confirm you have the XDP filter engaged in the output (example):
... ... (runmode-af-packet.c:220) <Config> (ParseAFPConfig) -- Enabling locked memory for mmap on iface eth3 (runmode-af-packet.c:231) <Config> (ParseAFPConfig) -- Enabling tpacket v3 capture on iface eth3 (runmode-af-packet.c:326) <Config> (ParseAFPConfig) -- Using queue based cluster mode for AF_PACKET (iface eth3) (runmode-af-packet.c:424) <Info> (ParseAFPConfig) -- af-packet will use '/etc/suricata/ebpf/xdp_filter.bpf' as XDP filter file (runmode-af-packet.c:429) <Config> (ParseAFPConfig) -- Using bypass kernel functionality for AF_PACKET (iface eth3) (runmode-af-packet.c:609) <Config> (ParseAFPConfig) -- eth3: enabling zero copy mode by using data release call (util-runmodes.c:296) <Info> (RunModeSetLiveCaptureWorkersForDevice) -- Going to use 8 thread(s) ... ...
17.4.10. Getting live info about bypass¶
You can get information about bypass via the stats event and through the unix socket. ìface-stat will return the number of bypassed packets (adding packets for a flow when it timeout). ebpf-bypassed-stats command will return the number of element in IPv4 and IPv6 flow tables for each interfaces.