Using wpa_supplicant with a Non-WPA supporter interface (e.g., ethernet)

Jouni Malinen jkmaline
Thu Feb 24 19:17:31 PST 2005

On Thu, Feb 24, 2005 at 04:20:40PM -0800, Sanchez, Ricardo J wrote:

> Is this possible with wpa_supplicant? I want to use a plain Ethernet
> interface
> (which obviously provides no WPA support, much less wireless support),

Yes, this is possible with the latest development snapshot. I just added
a new driver interface, driver_wired.c, for wired IEEE 802.1X
authentication. README file has an example on how to use this
("Authentication for wired Ethernet").

> to
> exercise new authentication methods over the wpa_supplicant
> infrastructure.

Is this just for testing a new EAP method or also for actually
authenticating wired devices? For testing EAP, I'm usually using
eapol_test which has an integrated IEEE 802.1X authenticator and RADIUS
authentication client. This allows testing directly against an
authentication server without need for an external authenticator.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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