FreeBSD + EAP/TLS + IPv6 != OK

Sébastien Pierrel sebastien.pierrel at
Wed Dec 7 15:52:59 EST 2005

Jouni Malinen wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 07, 2005 at 12:18:25PM +0200, Sébastien Pierrel wrote:
>>I'm having a weird problem while combining FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE,
>>wpa_supplicant and IPv6.
>>Authentication (eap/tls) works ok, dhcp gives me an IPv4 address, but
>>for some strange reason IPv6 doesn't work.
> Have you tried whether IPv4 broadcast packets are received correctly?

Yes, they are.

>>I used ethereal to figure it out and it seems that the router
>>advertisement (RA) packet is corrupted when "entering" the freebsd host.
>>Ethereal captures on mob_1 and mob_2 show different content of the very
>>same packet (RA): in the ethernet frame, src and dst MACs are the same
>>but all the rest is different (size is even different: 8bytes longer on
> This sounds like the multicast receiving in the driver or net80211 code
> is not working correctly.
>>I'm quite confused by this problem. I thought about an encryption issue,
>>but how could this affect the IPv6 packets and not IPv4?
> If it is only affecting multicast/broadcast packets, that could be
> explained by different keys used for multicast and unicast frames. 

It looks like this is the case: packets sent to neighbor discovery (ie
eth_dst = 33:33:00:00:00:01) are wrong whereas IPv6 packets sent to
unicast are OK.

> Did you try using the wpa_supplicant version included in FreeBSD
> 6.0-RELEASE (v0.3.9, if I remember correctly)? 

No, I haven't because this version (0.3.9) doesn't support eap-tls.

> This could be either a bug in driver/net80211 or some kind of
> mismatch in parameters when broadcast key is being configured.
 How to find this out and how much effort is that to be fixed?


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