hostapd, b43, nl80211 driver, WPA: report, and two questions

Francis Galiegue fgaliegue
Fri May 2 01:43:48 PDT 2008

Hello everyone,

I finally managed to get hostapd to work with the b43 driver. Components:

* wireless-testing kernel tree, with two patches from Johannes Berg
(*-mac80211-fix-debugfs-key.patch, *-allow-ap-vlan-modes.patch);
* libnl 1.1;
* git master branch of hostapd;
* using nl80211 driver;

Two questions remain:

* if the b43 network interface is within a bridge (the bridge's MAC
address is _not_ the one of the b43 FWIW), unencrypted works, however
WPA does not; is this a hostapd only problem, or does the kernel need
some more support for this? Would it be helpful that I provide some
logs (I have a problem with the 25k message limit though, since logs
are HUGE with hostapd in debug mode)?

* with WPA PSK working, I get this loop in hostapd's stdout:

wlan0: STA 00:15:00:35:12:e0 IEEE 802.11: disassociated
wlan0: STA 00:15:00:35:12:e0 IEEE 802.11: authenticated
# accounting session number increases by 1 every iteration
wlan0: STA 00:15:00:35:12:e0 IEEE 802.11: associated (aid 1,
accounting session 481A24F5-0000003C)
wlan0: STA 00:15:00:35:12:e0 WPA: pairwise key handshake completed (WPA)
wlan0: STA 00:15:00:35:12:e0 WPA: group key handshake completed (WPA)

is this expected?

Have fun,
Francis Galiegue, fgaliegue at
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