wpa_supplicant on linux

Pavel Roskin proski
Tue Jul 26 07:49:36 PDT 2011

On 07/26/2011 06:41 AM, Satendra... wrote:
> Hi ,
> I want to use wpa_supplicant on linux version 2.6.23 or greater but am
> wondering do I need to
> apply any patch to kernel to provide authenticator and authenticator
> server functionality OR there
> is no need and wpa_supplicant can be used directly.

wpa_supplicant is run in the station side.  Authenticator is used in the 
AP side.  No patches should be needed.  But you may consider using 
compat-wireless if you want the latest drivers.  It requires at least 
Linux 2.6.24.

> because its mentioned in the README of wpa_supplicant that "In theory,
> any driver that supports
> Linux wireless extensions can be used with IEEE 802.1X (i.e., not WPA)
> when using ap_scan=0
> option in configuration file."

That's for the drivers that don't support WPA.  But most driver do.

Pavel Roskin

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