wpa_supplicant & ipw2100 on Ubuntu 5.04: Cannot negotiate WPA encryption

Pedro Ramalhais ramalhais
Sat Apr 16 13:10:37 PDT 2005

Martin Samuelsson wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 14, 2005 at 11:05:28PM +0100, Alex Willmer wrote:
>>Having upgraded to Ubuntu 5.04 last week I was dissapointed to learn 
>>they still don't support WPA out of the box, although wpa_supplicant 
>>0.3.8 is now included in Universe (Debian Main) and they ship with 
>>ipw2100 1.0.2, including firmware 1.3.0.
>>However I'm unable to get wpa_supplicant to negotiate WPA encryption, 
>>using either the provided packages or wpa_supplicant (from source) + 
>>{ipw2100 1.0.4 (from source), ipw2100 1.1.0 (from source)}.
>>In all my attempts the error returned by wpa_supplicant has been:
>>ioctl[IPW_IOCTL_WPA_SUPPLICANT]: Operation not supported
> This looks like a well known bug with the debian packaging
> http://bugs.debian.org/296291
> It should be fixed in the next package upload. Until that you could
> either read through the bug details, remove a patch file, compile your
> own and use.
> Or you could simply use debian version 0.3.2-1 while waiting as I do. If
> you can't find it anywhere else it should be at
> http://snapshot.debian.net/ somewhere.
> --
> /Martin
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I'm not sure it's the wpa_supplicant debian package's fault.
There's a bug in ipw drivers that cause WPA support not to be compiled 
when they're built as a module inside the kernel tree. Maybe this is the 
case. Remove all CONFIG_IPW2100 and CONFIG_IEE80211_ options from the 
.config in your kernel, and build the driver externally.

Pedro Ramalhais

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