How to prevent unknown action category 3 or invalid frame from crashing hostap daemon

austin wonderly lacrosse1991 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 14:41:46 EDT 2011


also i dont know if this means anything but i also get long strings of these
in the debug console:
unknown vendor specific information element ignored (vendor OUI 00:10:18
len=9)


On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 2:38 PM, austin wonderly <lacrosse1991 at gmail.com>wrote:

> hello! thanks for responding :) im currently in the process of trying to
> get it to do the same thing again in order to pull up a log, but would the
> fact that the mac address for the invalid frame is coming from a single
> client make any difference, as i have a few devices on the network including
> a android cellhphone and a mac that are producing the category 3 messages,
> the one that is producing them is windows 7 laptop. also for hostapd, i have
> a dwa-552 wifi card running on a proliant dl380 server. i will also grab the
> config file too incase there are any obvious errors.
>
> interface=wlan0
> bridge=br0
> driver=nl80211
> logger_syslog=-1
> logger_syslog_level=2
> logger_stdout=-1
> logger_stdout_level=2
> #debug=0
> dump_file=/tmp/hostapd.dump
> #ctrl_interface=/var/run/hostapd
> #ctrl_interface_group=0
> ssid=kingston
> country_code=US
> hw_mode=g
> #macaddr_acl=1
> #accept_mac_file=/etc/hostapd/accept
> auth_algs=3
> eapol_key_index_workaround=0
> eap_server=0
> wpa=3
> wpa_psk_file=/etc/hostapd/wpa_psk
> wpa_key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
> wpa_pairwise=CCMP
> #stakey=0
> channel=6
> wmm_enabled=1
> ieee80211n=1
> ht_capab=[HT40+][SHORT-GI-40][DSSS_CCK-40]
>
> also here is the full copy of the category 3 message
>
> wlan0: STA 00:22:fb:41:c3:b4 IEEE 802.11: handle_action - unknown action
> category 3 or invalid frame
>  IEEE 802.11: Return unknown Action frame back to sender
>
> thanks again for your help!
>
>
>
> On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM, Jouni Malinen <j at w1.fi> wrote:
>
>> On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 01:14:27PM -0400, austin wonderly wrote:
>> > is there any additional information i should include? Im really in sort
>> of a
>> > bind here and any help at all would be very appreciated :(
>>
>> Since this issue may be something outside the scope of hostapd (assuming
>> you are indeed saying that the AP is unresponsive and not that hostapd
>> process terminated), it may be a bit difficult to get any useful
>> information from hostapd. This type of issue may require getting more
>> debug information from the driver and/or capture file from a wireless
>> sniffer as the next step to figure out what exactly is happening.
>>
>> --
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