What to do now?

Jouni Malinen jkmaline
Sat Jan 11 18:10:17 PST 2003

On Sat, Jan 11, 2003 at 04:28:20PM -0800, Jamie wrote:

> Mode: Infrastructure (this is also known as managed right?)


> Heres my DMESG:
> prism2_hw_config: initialized in 9094 iterations
> wlan0: NIC: id=0x8002 v1.0.0
> wlan0: PRI: id=0x15 v0.3.0
> wlan0: STA: id=0x1f v0.8.3
> wlan0: defaulting to host-based encryption as a workaround for firmware bug in 
> Host AP mode WEP
> wlan0: LinkStatus=2 (Disconnected)

That looks fine as far as initialization is concerned, but it does not
show any authentication/association attempts from a station.

> bubba at lapdance:~$ cat /proc/interrupts 
>            CPU0       
>   3:        135          XT-PIC  hostap_cs

And interrupts are being delivered. Good.

> root at lapdance:~# iwconfig wlan0
> wlan0     IEEE 802.11-b  ESSID:"jamienet"  
>           Mode:Master  Frequency:2.422GHz  Access Point: 00:60:B3:6F:63:CC  

And this is OK, too.

> root at lapdance:~/wirless/hostap-2002-10-12/utils# ./hostap_diag -r wlan0

> FFFF=FWID=0003C0.HEX<00><00><INTERNAL STAT<00><00>

Hmm.. That "<INTERNAL STAT" looks odd.. This position is usually
reserved for station firmware identifier and I have never seen such
identifier.. Maybe card manufacturer has used some special station
firmware image(?) Everything else in hostap_diag output looked OK. 

> WOW Thats a lot of info! I have no idea what all of that means, but Id say 
> that it suggests somethings working right! (hopefully you will understand 
> what isnt working right!

Yes, everything seems to be OK as far as card initialization and
configuration is concerned. Unfortunately, I cannot see anything that
would indicate what is causing the problems. You could also enable all
RX/TX packets dumps in the driver with 'iwpriv wlan0 dump 7' (or
'utils/prism2_param wlan0 dump 7' if you are not using wireless tools
version 25 or newer).

Next step would be to setup a third host as a wireless sniffer and make
a dump of all frames sends by the station and the AP.. This should be
able to confirm whether the AP is sending beacons and is responding to
station's probe request.

> Ill try to get the current cvs, could you remind me how/where?

Easiest way is to download a snapshot of the CVS tree from
http://hostap.epitest.fi/. Direct link for this is

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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