Running wpa_supplicant and hostapd on the same machine

Panagiotis Georgopoulos panos at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Tue Apr 5 19:04:36 EDT 2011


Hello all,

 

               Here is a bit of a crazy idea; has anyone run wpa_supplicant
and hostapd on the same machine?

 

               What I want to do, is be able to authenticate a machine with
a backend AAA server and send its accounting information there, over for
example an Ethernet connection or 3G on that same box (and not an Access
point one hop away). So I was thinking of configuring and running both
wpa_supplicant and hostapd to use the lo (local host interface) to
communicate with each other for the pass over of credentials and the
encapsulation of EAP packets to AAA IP packets, and configure hostapd (with
the wired.conf configuration) to talk to a backend AAA server. 

 

               Would that be possible and how? 

 

I realize that this is a very simplistic way to put this and overkill for
wpa_supplicant and hostapd, but does anyone have a better alternative?

 

               Thanks a lot in advance,

               Panos

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