wpa_supplicant: should "Associated with" and "RX EAPOL from" report the same MAC?

Arjan van Bentem hostap
Wed Apr 20 04:10:42 PDT 2005

I'll send a capture file to Jouni; just for the archives:

 >> Associated to a new BSS: BSSID=00:90:96:cf:43:cf
 >> :
 >> Setting authentication timeout: 10 sec 0 usec
 >>      >>> Arjan: a reply from a different MAC?
 >> RX EAPOL from 00:0e:50:26:45:b6
 > Is this address by any chance the MAC address of the wired
 > interface in the AP?

It indeed is! So you're right suggesting "Authenticator (i.e., a part of 
WPA/IEEE 802.1X functionality in AP) could be using another MAC 
addressess than the BSSID of the AP."

By the way: I am not too sure if the Alcatel/Thomson Speedtouch 580 ADSL 
modem / wireless access point is used a lot. Here in the Netherlands one 
of the main ADSL providers is kind of giving it away for free; that 
might simply imply that Thomson wants to get rid of some old equipment. 
Browsing the internet for details mainly yields French and Dutch 
results; in computer stores one would, however, most probably find 
Linksys, Edimax, SMC en E-Tech access points.


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