bonding: don't trust arp requests unless active slave really works

Currently, if we receive any arp packet on a backup slave in active-backup
mode and arp_validate enabled, we suppose that it's an arp request, swap
source/target ip and try to validate it. This optimization gives us
virtually no downtime in the most common situation (active and backup
slaves are in the same broadcast domain and the active slave failed).

However, if we can't reach the arp_ip_target(s), we end up in an endless
loop of reselecting slaves, because we receive our arp requests, sent by
the active slave, and think that backup slaves are up, thus selecting them
as active and, again, sending arp requests, which fool our backup slaves.

Fix this by not validating the swapped arp packets if the current active
slave didn't receive any arp reply after it was selected as active. This
way we will only accept arp requests if we know that the current active
slave can actually reach arp_ip_target.

Obey 80 lines and make happy, per Sergei's suggestion.

No change.

Signed-off-by: Veaceslav Falico <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
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