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

austin wonderly lacrosse1991 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 14:43:57 EDT 2011


and another thing is that the client that make the category messages appear
seems to re-authenticate quite often, like 3 times in a row, could its
nic/wireless adapter be bad?

On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM, austin wonderly <lacrosse1991 at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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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>>
>>
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