IEEE 802.11w support in wpa_supplicant ("Management frame protection required, but client did not enable it" error)
j at w1.fi
Sat May 5 09:52:34 EDT 2012
On Sat, May 05, 2012 at 02:29:56PM +0100, Michael Zintakis wrote:
> I have enabled IEEE 802.11w (management frame protection mode) in my AP
> - running hostapd - with "ieee80211w=2" (required/mandatory), but when I
> try to connect using wpa_supplicant I get the following error message:
> "Management frame protection required, but client did not enable it".
Which driver are you using on the station?
> I searched the man pages as well as any documentation of the supplicant
> I could find and the only mention of this is that in order to activate
> it I have to compile the supplicant with "CONFIG_IEEE80211W=y". I did
> that (I also used "CONFIG_EAP_GPSK_SHA256=y" as well) and restarted the
> supplicant, but I still get this error.
CONFIG_EAP_GPSK_SHA256=y has nothing to do with IEEE 802.11w, but you do
indeed need to enable CONFIG_IEEE80211W=y build option for this. I added
some more documentation here:
> I tried to specify "ieee80211w=2" in the supplicant configuration file
> as well (a wild guess, I know) and the strange thing is that before I
> recompiled my supplicant with "CONFIG_IEEE80211W=y" (this option wasn't
> active before) it used to complain that the option I used - ieee80211w -
> is "not recognised".
You will need to use either ieee80211w=1 or ieee80211w=2 in the network
> After recompilation when "CONFIG_IEEE80211W=y" was included in my
> .config file, the supplicant isn't complaining any more, but IEEE
> 802.11w doesn't seem to be activated/working either (besides, I am not
> even sure specifying "ieee80211w=2" in my wpa_supplicant.conf is the
> right thing to do as this "option" is not documented anywhere) - I get
> exactly the same message on the AP side - "Management frame protection
> required, but client did not enable it", while on the supplicant side I
> get a timed-out message.
Please send a debug log from wpa_supplicant showing the failed
> Is IEEE 802.11w supported in the supplicant and how do I activate it/use
Yes, it is supported. Though, this will also require support in the
driver. Example configuration for wpa_supplicant:
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