wpa_supplicant stops working after pm-suspend

Aaron Small aaron.small.99a at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 12:24:50 EST 2014


Hello,

I use wpa_supplicant with NetworkManager on linux to connect to wifi. A few
months ago after a platform update (I'm not sure exactly what was updated,
whether it included wpa_supplicant and/or other things), wifi stopped
working after pm-suspend/resume.

I found a workaround is to kill and restart wpa_supplicant after resume, so
I left it with that workaround until now, but am now trying to find what
actually broke.

So I am wondering: should wpa_supplicant work after pm-suspend/resume, or
is it normal that it needs to be restarted? Because I was using it with
NetworkManager, I don't know, maybe NetworkManager was restarting it
before, and isn't now and that's what broke.

I can reproduce the issue without NetworkManager, with wpa_cli (though I
don't know for sure that this would have worked in the past), and from the
logs I capture there, it seems like it's at least trying to work, but maybe
the kernel isn't letting it - I see this in syslog on resume:

Dec 16 11:40:21 beta kernel: [19624.201689] wlan0: authenticate with
00:24:01:6f:15:3f
Dec 16 11:40:21 beta kernel: [19624.217532] wlan0: send auth to
00:24:01:6f:15:3f (try 1/3)
Dec 16 11:40:21 beta kernel: [19624.219438] wlan0: authenticated
Dec 16 11:40:26 beta kernel: [19629.223804] wlan0: deauthenticating from
00:24:01:6f:15:3f by local choice (reason=3)

and this in wpa_supplicant's log on resume:
wlan0: SME: Trying to authenticate with 00:24:01:6f:15:3f (SSID='oakmore'
freq=2437 MHz)
CTRL_IFACE monitor sent successfully to /tmp/wpa_ctrl_9783-21\x00
wlan0: State: SCANNING -> AUTHENTICATING
EAPOL: External notification - EAP success=0
EAPOL: External notification - EAP fail=0
EAPOL: External notification - portControl=Auto
wlan0: Determining shared radio frequencies (max len 1)
wlan0: Shared frequencies (len=0): completed iteration
nl80211: Authenticate (ifindex=14)
  * bssid=00:24:01:6f:15:3f
  * freq=2437
  * SSID - hexdump_ascii(len=7):
     6f 61 6b 6d 6f 72 65                              oakmore
  * IEs - hexdump(len=0): [NULL]
  * Auth Type 0
nl80211: Authentication request send successfully
wlan0: SME: Authentication timeout
wpa_driver_nl80211_deauthenticate(addr=00:24:01:6f:15:3f reason_code=3)

which seems to me like wpa_supplicant is trying to connect and linux is not
allowing it? But if something is wrong in the kernel, then I'm not sure why
restarting wpa_supplicant would fix it.

I'd rather not look into the kernel if I don't have to, but based on these
logs, would that be the next place to look?

Thanks,
Aaron
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