Access control list in hostapd

Jouni Malinen j at
Wed Jul 30 08:22:29 EDT 2008

On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 10:47:11AM +0200, Sonia wrote:

> I'm using hostapd-0.5.8 with madwifi driver, and I'm
> trying to use accept and deny files in order to apply
> access control policies. But, it seems that no matter
> what I put in this files and macaddr_acl variable, all
> the clients can associate with the AP. Has anybody had
> the same problem?

macaddr_acl is only available with drivers that use hostapd for
management frame processing (e.g., Host AP driver or mac80211). It does
not work with madwifi.

> Besides, I would like to use this files to filter Wifi
> clients based on manufacturer, only taking into
> account the first part of the MAC address. Is it
> possible??

Not in the current implementation. In general, I don't see much point in
using MAC ACL since it is trivial to change the client MAC address and
this type of list does not provide any real security.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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