Problem with WPA-PSK and kernel 2.6.13-rc6 with ipw2200

Pedro Ramalhais ramalhais
Thu Aug 18 14:09:27 PDT 2005

Fran?ois Valenduc wrote:
> Pedro Ramalhais a ?crit :
>>Fran?ois Valenduc wrote:
>>>Hello everybody,
>>>I wanted to take some advance and test the new 2.6.13 kernel (with RC6). I found in the mailing list archive that I had to patch the sources in order to compile the driver with software suspend. However, I don't manage to use WPA-PSK with my ipw2200 wifi card (which works fine with
>>>2.6.12). You wil find in the attached file an extract of the logs generated by WPA supplicant. I use the packaged version of Debian Sid of wpa supplicant (0.4.2). It seems that the acces point is found but that association doesn't succeed. I had that I use TKIP as encryption method. I just wanted to know if this is a known bug of the driver or of wpasupplicant and we may hpe that it will be solved when the final release of the 2.6.13 will be released. 
>>>Thanks in advance for your help,
>>>Fran?ois Valenduc
>>>ioctl[IPW_IOCTL_WPA_SUPPLICANT]: Operation not supported
>>>ioctl[IPW_IOCTL_WPA_SUPPLICANT]: Operation not supported
>>>Setting authentication timeout: 5 sec 0 usec
>>>EAPOL: External notification - EAP success=0
>>>EAPOL: External notification - EAP fail=0
>>>EAPOL: External notification - portControl=Auto
>>>Wireless event: cmd=0x8b1a len=21
>>>Authentication with 00:00:00:00:00:00 timed out.
>>>BSSID 00:00:00:00:00:00 blacklist count incremented to 5
>>>No keys have been configured - skip key clearing
>>>EAPOL: External notification - portEnabled=0
>>>EAPOL: External notification - portValid=0
>>>Setting scan request: 0 sec 0 usec
>>>Starting AP scan (broadcast SSID)
>>>Scan timeout - try to get results
>>>Received 273 bytes of scan results (1 BSSes)
>>>Scan results: 1
>>>Selecting BSS from priority group 2
>>>0: 00:11:50:4e:0a:4e ssid='cheznous' wpa_ie_len=24 rsn_ie_len=0 caps=0x11
>>>  selected
>>>Trying to associate with 00:11:50:4e:0a:4e (SSID='cheznous' freq=0 MHz)
>>>Cancelling scan request
>>>Automatic auth_alg selection: 0x1
>>>wpa_driver_ipw_set_auth_alg: auth_alg=0x1
>>>ioctl[IPW_IOCTL_WPA_SUPPLICANT]: Operation not supported
>>>WPA: using IEEE 802.11i/D3.0
>>>WPA: Selected cipher suites: group 8 pairwise 8 key_mgmt 2
>>>WPA: using GTK TKIP
>>>WPA: using PTK TKIP
>>>WPA: Own WPA IE - hexdump(len=24): dd 16 00 50 f2 01 01 00 00 50 f2 02 01 00 0050 f2 02 01 00 00 50 f2 02
>>>No keys have been configured - skip key clearing
>>>wpa_driver_ipw_set_drop_unencrypted: enabled=1
>>>ioctl[IPW_IOCTL_WPA_SUPPLICANT]: Operation not supported
>>It looks like your build of the ipw2200 doesn't suport that WPA
>>interface. There can be two reasons:
>>1 -  Your kernel's .config has CONFIG_IPW* and CONFIG_IEEE80211*
>>definitions which you must remove;
>>2 - Your kernel has support for wireless extensions version 18, which
>>probably disables the old WPA interface (wpa_supplicant's driver_ipw)
>>and enables the kernel WPA interface (wpa_supplicant's driver_wext).
>>Check [1] and if it still doesn't work, then check [2] by trying to use
>>wpa_supplicant with -Dwext instead of -Dipw.
> I looked for CONFIG_IPW and CONFIG_IEEE80211 but I didn't find anything
> in my kernel configuration file. I also opened a and Yi Zhu
> answered like you that I must use Dwext and it works with that settings.
>  I would like to know how to check your 2nd point. Is it the option
> "Wireless LAN drivers (non-hamradio) & Wireless Extensions" in kernel
> config. Do I have to remove it if I want to use wpa_supplicant with the
> -Dipw parameter ? Or is it something else ?
> Thanks for your help,
> Fran?ois Valenduc

When compiling the ipw2200 driver, if the kernel has a wireless
extensions version >= 18 then it compiles WE18 WPA support in the
driver, else it will compile a specific WPA configuration interface.
Wireless Extensions is a required option in the kernel for compiling
ipw2200. If you want to use the -Dipw parameter you will have to use a
kernel with wireless extensions < 18, or edit the ipw2200 source to
compile the ipw specific WPA configuration interface.
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Pedro Ramalhais

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