is there a way to run hostapd as non -root user ?

Branko brankob at
Sun Oct 2 21:54:28 PDT 2022

Running hostapd as a root seems risky.
I tried tweaking udev so that my WiFI NIC shows up as owned by
hostapd:hostapd ( and thus be accessiblle to hostapd daemon), but daemon
refuses to read even its config file as non-root. It keeps falsely
reporting that it has no permission to read the config file.

Is there a good way to run hostapd as non-root ?


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