net/ipv6: Fix route deleting failure when metric equals 0

After commit 67f695134703 ("ipv6: Move setting default metric for routes"),
we noticed that the logic of assigning the default value of fc_metirc
changed in the ioctl process. That is, when users use ioctl(fd, SIOCADDRT,
rt) with a non-zero metric to add a route,  then they may fail to delete a
route with passing in a metric value of 0 to the kernel by ioctl(fd,
SIOCDELRT, rt). But iproute can succeed in deleting it.

As a reference, when using iproute tools by netlink to delete routes with
a metric parameter equals 0, like the command as follows:

	ip -6 route del fe80::/64 via fe81::5054:ff:fe11:3451 dev eth0 metric 0

the user can still succeed in deleting the route entry with the smallest

Root Reason
After commit 67f695134703 ("ipv6: Move setting default metric for routes"),
When ioctl() pass in SIOCDELRT with a zero metric, rtmsg_to_fib6_config()
will set a defalut value (1024) to cfg->fc_metric in kernel, and in
ip6_route_del() and the line 4074 at net/ipv3/route.c, it will check by

	if (cfg->fc_metric && cfg->fc_metric != rt->fib6_metric)

and the condition is true and skip the later procedure (deleting route)
because cfg->fc_metric != rt->fib6_metric. But before that commit,
cfg->fc_metric is still zero there, so the condition is false and it
will do the following procedure (deleting).

In order to keep a consistent behaviour across netlink() and ioctl(), we
should allow to delete a route with a metric value of 0. So we only do
the default setting of fc_metric in route adding.

CC: # 5.4+
Fixes: 67f695134703 ("ipv6: Move setting default metric for routes")
Co-developed-by: Fan Yu <>
Signed-off-by: Fan Yu <>
Signed-off-by: xu xin <>
Reviewed-by: David Ahern <>
Signed-off-by: Jakub Kicinski <>
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