[ovs-discuss] Apply some packet manipulation actions on outgoing port traffic

Juraj Markotic juraj.markotic at gmail.com
Mon Oct 9 19:35:42 UTC 2017

thanks for feedback.
I know OVS can truncate payload and that in can modify mac/IPs in header
(i.e. like doing NAT).
I also know OVS can deencapsulate GRE (of VXLAN) when packet is arriving on
tunnel OVS interface (done automatically).
But I was not aware that OVS can remove tunnel headers when switching
incoming GTP/GRE/VXLAN header and extract inside packet (with totally new
src/dst ip) and send it out.
Can you share some OVS cli example for such ?
we have network packet broker (NPB) with OVS, so if NPB is delivering
tunnel packets, it would be great if we could remove tunnel headers before
delivering it to the (monitoring) tool on outgoing port.


On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 6:31 PM, Ben Pfaff <blp at ovn.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 08, 2017 at 11:19:17PM +0200, Juraj Markotic wrote:
> > we would need some functionality on manipulating packets when packet is
> > exiting outgoing OVS port.
> > I.e. some actions could be: change/anonymize mac/IPs for src/dst, or
> remove
> > some tunnel header (vxlan, gtp, gre), truncate the payload etc.
> OVS has actions for modifying headers and it can decapsulate tunnels and
> truncate payloads.
> > So, one option can be to write some code than can be attached to OVS to
> > packet exiting out port (i.e. some lua scripts for manipulation).
> Lua isn't needed.  You can use OpenFlow.
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