essid_len in SIOCSIWESSID

Jouni Malinen jkmaline
Sun Aug 29 11:53:35 PDT 2004

On Sun, Aug 29, 2004 at 04:44:48PM +0100, Pedro Ramalhais wrote:

> I've noticed that wpa_suplpicant is causing the essid to be set
> incorrectly. wpa_supplicant is setting
> iwr.u.essid.length = ssid_len
> but wireless tools is setting
> wrq.u.essid.length = strlen(essid) + 1
> So, which one is correct?

SSID is allowed to contain ASCII-0 ("nul termination" in C strings) and
strlen() would not give correct length for such a string. I believe SSID
should be treated as a binary data, not a string. Consequently,
strlen()+1 or real SSID length + 1 do not sound correct.

However, this may be a bit problematic in real world with the current
implementations of wireless extensions.. Host AP driver supports both
strlen()+1 and SSID as binary data with correct length; though, it does
not support ASCII-0.. If I remember correctly, there were some issues in
setting 32-byte longth SSIDs with some versions of iwconfig. This was
somehow related to this len or len+1 question.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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