[PATCH 11/13] mbssid: hidden SSID support

Aloka Dixit quic_alokad at quicinc.com
Thu Apr 21 11:08:50 PDT 2022

On 4/7/2022 1:48 PM, Jouni Malinen wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 02, 2022 at 02:26:32PM -0800, Aloka Dixit wrote:
>> Hidden nontransmitted BSSID profiles will be included in the beacons
>> and probe responses but SSID value will be removed or set to all
>> zeros depending on the configured value of 'ignore_broadcast_ssid'.
>> If complete profiles are omitted, clients cannot stay connected to
>> the AP.
>> For unicast probe requests with SSID set to a hidden nontransmitted
>> BSS, complete SSID should be included in the response.
> Do we really need this functionality with MBSSID? Hidden SSID is not
> compliant with the IEEE 802.11 standard, does not provide any real
> security, causes issues for stations, and should not really have been
> ever deployed in the first place.

For now, I need to add the support for MBSSID case as well because we 
don't want the configuration ignored if it is set in the user config.
If we do remove the whole functionality in future, then MBSSID part can 
be removed at the same time.

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