EAPOL Packets after successful authentication and 4 way handshake

ramprasad.rajendran at wipro.com ramprasad.rajendran
Sat Mar 3 07:27:49 PST 2007

>-----Original Message-----
>From: hostap-bounces+ramprasad.rajendran=wipro.com at shmoo.com 
>[mailto:hostap-bounces+ramprasad.rajendran=wipro.com at shmoo.com]
> On Behalf Of Jouni Malinen
>Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2007 11:16 AM
>To: hostap at shmoo.com
>Subject: Re: EAPOL Packets after successful authentication and 
>4 way handshake
>On Fri, Mar 02, 2007 at 10:31:05PM +0530, 
>ramprasad.rajendran at wipro.com wrote:
>> I've observed very rarely, that I receive EAPOL packets 
>seconds after 
>> a 4 way handshake is through. Is this ok ? What sort of packets can 
>> they be ?
>How did you observe the packets? With a sniffer? Could you 
>please send a dump of such frames? What software was used in 
>the AP/Authenticator and client/Supplicant?

Yeah I've observed the packets with the sniffer. I don't have the
unencrypted frame format.
I was using Linksys WRT54G as the authenticator and wpa_supplicant_0.5.7
I have only the encrypted dump that is attached.

>It's difficult to say what these frames were without seeing 
>the capture log. Anyway, if 4-way handshake is completed, all 
>data frames (including EAPOL packets) should be sent 
>encrypted. EAPOL packets can be sent after this for things 
>like rekeying, but still, they would be encrypted and not very 
>easily identifiable in capture logs.
>Jouni Malinen                                            PGP 
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