hostapd, b43, nl80211 driver, WPA: report, and two questions

Francis Galiegue fgaliegue at gmail.com
Wed May 7 06:55:13 EDT 2008


2008/5/7 Jouni Malinen <j at w1.fi>:
> On Wed, May 07, 2008 at 12:27:17PM +0200, Francis Galiegue wrote:
>
>  > The comments in hostapd.conf say that this bridge parameter is only
>  > valid for the ath5k and hostap drivers... Misleading? (I shamelessly
>  > admit that I didn't plunge into the code yet.)
>
>  Which comments? In which hostapd.conf file? The one I have says quite
>  the opposite:
>
>  # In case of madwifi driver, an additional configuration parameter, bridge,
>  # must be used to notify hostapd if the interface is included in a bridge. This
>  # parameter is not used with Host AP driver.
>  #bridge=br0
>
>
>  However, now that I look more closely into this, I think you meant to
>  say "is only valid for madwifi" since you are using nl80211 (ath5k would
>  use this, too). Anyway, yes, I think that comment is now misleading
>  since driver_nl80211.c has a reference to the bridge configuration
>  option. It did not used to do this, but that changed some time ago if I
>  remember correctly. Looks like hostapd.conf was not updated at that
> point..
>

Probably memories from when I attempted to use a very older version of
hostapd, sorry :(

Yes, the comments say exactly what you mentioned above, and yes
indeed, I understood that it was only meant for madwifi.

Well, I gave it a try: it works!

Now I just have to figure out why I have to explicitly ACCEPT from br0
to br0 in the FORWARD chain of table filter... I thought about using
ebtables to make this transparent.

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