macaddr_acl doesn't seem to work

Jouni Malinen j at
Tue Aug 26 09:02:42 EDT 2008

On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 12:30:45PM +0200, Gmail Great wrote:

> I'm trying to set up my debian box (Linux voyage, kernel 2.6.20, hostapd 0.5.10)
> as a wifi ap using an Atheros AR5006X 802.11abg card with the madwifi 0.9.4 driver.
> I have activated Access Control List for MAC Addresses using macaddr_acl=1 and specifing
> the authorized MACs in accept_mac_file.

Please note the comment in the example hostapd.conf file for

"Please note that this kind of access control requires a driver that
uses hostapd to take care of management frame processing and as such,
this can be used with driver=hostap or driver=devicescape, but not with

In other words, ACL is not supported with the driver that you are using.
You might be able to implement similar functionality by using the
madwifi feature that provides similar MAC ACL support (assuming you
would not be using external RADIUS server for this, i.e., just using
static configuration in the AP).

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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