Station sent an invalid association request?

Otto Kekäläinen otto
Fri Jan 13 01:07:10 PST 2012


2012/1/12 Jouni Malinen <j at>:
> On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 04:21:49PM +0200, Otto Kek?l?inen wrote:
>> Dump at
>> My network is SSID Kotiverkko and AP machine mac is f4:ec:38:de:c8:d2.
>> The machine that fails to connect is 00:22:43:97:2f:9c.
> If you look at frame 612 in that capture log, you can see the corrupted
> Association Request from the station. It looks like the RSN IE is
> corrupted by the vendor specific IE that is before it. As such, that
> station is very broken and cannot really use RSN (WPA2). hostapd
> behavior here seems reasonable since even if the parsing failure would
> be ignored, that station would not be allowed to connect due to
> incorrect security settings (that RSN IE really needs to be properly
> included in the association request).
> In other words, this question should be directed to whoever is
> maintaining the driver for that station device.

The laptop is able to connect to 99% of the worlds AP's, maybe it is a
common practise to allow graceful degradation if some station is
misbehaving a little bit?

I don't think that Asus cares much about how a "bug" in an old EeePC
1000HE, so if you want to punish misbehaving stations in hostapd, I
guess I must go back to my old setup? Are you sure the error is not in
my conf, or could there be some setting in the conf to allow the EeePC
to work?

I would much rather use this new atheros card and hostapd on my home
server than go back to using my old external Buffalo Airstation G54 as
the WLAN AP...

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