wpa-psk and hostap problem.

Jouni Malinen jkmaline at cc.hut.fi
Tue Nov 29 23:25:02 EST 2005

On Tue, Nov 29, 2005 at 05:28:35PM -0500, Andrea G Forte wrote:

> I was conducting some experiments with a Netgear AP, and two linux 
> laptops (kernel 2.4). On one of the laptops I used hostap 0.3.9 and 
> wpa_supplicant 0.4.7 and on the other laptop I used hostap-driver0.3.9 
> without any supplicant. On the AP I enabled WPA-PSK. Now, according to 
> the standard, a client should first associate to the AP and then perform 
> authentication.

Also according to the standard, the AP that is configured to use WPA
must reject association if the client does not use WPA..

> However, the problem is that now the laptop on which I do *not* run the 
> supplicant it even fails associating to the AP. I always get association 
> failed (Linkstatus = 6). Is this a problem related to the Netgear AP 
> that does not follow the standard or is it a problem with the hostap 
> driver?

I have hard time trying to understand this explanation.. Could you
please explain what you were expecting to see and what you think is
incorrect behavior? If I understood this setup correctly, you have AP
configured to use WPA and the client (the one not running
wpa_supplicant) configured not to use WPA. Did I understand that
correctly? If yes, the expected behavior is that the client does not
complete association with this AP and that seems to be exactly what is
happening here..

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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