[PATCH] [updated] encodeext vs. encode codepaths

Dan Williams dcbw
Thu Feb 2 08:10:13 PST 2006

On Wed, 2006-02-01 at 21:24 -0800, Jouni Malinen wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 02, 2006 at 12:07:58AM -0500, Dan Williams wrote:
> > The proposed patch is attached.  I also corrected invalid usage of the
> > IW_ENCODE_MODE mask in driver_wext.c from the original patch.  I had
> > been using it as a flag, not a mask.
> Thanks! I haven't yet had a chance to look at the details, but I'll try
> to do that over the weekend. Just a quick note on one of the changes:
> it is highly preferred that the driver wrapper API defined in driver.h
> remains backwards compatible at source code level (i.e., does not
> require changing driver_*.c files).

Yeah, I was looking for another way that wasn't a hack, but couldn't
fine one.  Likely I'm not as familiar with the source.  I don't like
breaking API, but I'm not sure of another way to do set_auth_alg()
fallback without passing use_crypt into the set_auth_alg() handler.

> In other words, the change to set_auth_alg() handler is not desired. The
> preferred way of adding new parameters for association is to add a new
> field into struct wpa_driver_associate_params that will be passed
> associate() handler. This allows adding new parameters without breaking
> source level compatibility with driver wrapper implementations.

For the above reasons, it would be messy to punt the auth_alg fallback
stuff into associate() handler.  You've got a problem here then; the
SIOCSIWAUTH codepath auth_alg goes through set_auth_alg(), but the
ENCODE-fallback codepath is in associate().

The root of the problem is:

1) wpa_supplicant was not setting authentication algorithm at _all_ for
cards that don't support SIOCSIWAUTH
2) To fall back to ENCODE, you need to know whether encryption will be
enabled or disabled so you can add the IW_ENCODE_DISABLED flag before
calling ENCODE.  There was no way to pass this into set_auth_alg(),
because set_auth_alg() is just an 'int' for the algorithm.

Hopefully you can come up with something clever here, but at the point
we set the auth on the card using ENCODE, we need to know whether
encryption will be enabled or not.


-- Expand wpa_driver_associate_params to include a
"delayed_auth_fallback" flag, which is set in set_auth_alg() and
actually processed in authenticate().

If that sounds good, I'll do a patch for that instead.  Sounds like a
kludge, but would preserve backward source compatibility.


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