WPA-PSK : Ignore event for foreign ifindex 7

Panagiotis Georgopoulos panos
Wed Jun 2 06:08:23 PDT 2010

Thanks for your reply Jouni

Please see at the bottom of this email. 

> On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 10:48:14AM +0100, Panagiotis Georgopoulos
> wrote:
> >                 I have a hostapd configuration that accepts clients
> > connecting with different ways (WPA-PSK, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS). On my
> > WPA-PSK client at some point I start seeing the following debug output
and I
> > realize that I cannot reach the access point (pings fail), although I do
> > an IP  on my wireless interface and iwconfing reports that I am
> > with the
> > AP (nb. I am using madwifi drivers)
> > Ignore event for foreign ifindex 7
> > (repeatedly)
> > If I restart wpa_supplicant connection is restored (as you might have
> > guessed I don't want to do that every time). Does anyone know what is
> > wrong and how can I correct this problem? What does the above error
> It is not an error message; just a notification of something being
> ignored. Could you please check which interface has ifindex 7 (or well,
> whatever the value is at that time in those messages)? You can see
> this,
> e.g., with "iw link". If something ended up removing and/or renaming
> the
> network device, it could be possible to start missing the driver
> events,
> but that should not really happen under normal use.

I am afraid that it seems to be a drivers related error as neither me nor
any program that I am aware of "removes" the interface to cause this
warning. The huge problem that I have is that when I bring the interface up
(or rerun hostapd after the above warning) I usually get a kernel panic,
which strengthens my suspicion that madwifi drivers are the cause of the

I have currently moved to ath5k and hostapd 0.7.2, which seem to behave way
better (but it seems that I am having another problem though.. I'll
investigate and get back to the list if I don't solve it)


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