sta_counted in wpa.c

Mustafa Kuscu mustafakuscu
Wed Apr 11 23:24:56 PDT 2007

Actually, the issue is present in my hostapd 0.3.7. I am now checking
GNoStations in 0.3.7 but now getting too many MIC failures. Does that
make sense?

If there are any other (0.5.x/0.6.x)-specific workarounds/fixes
targeting wpa, that may fix potential problems in earlier releases, I
would be happy to know those.

On 4/4/07, Jouni Malinen <j at> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 03, 2007 at 10:21:44PM +0300, Mustafa Kuscu wrote:
> > What is the purpose of "sta_counted" in wpa_state_machine of 0.5.7?
> >
> > I do not see a corresponding entry in 0.4.x nor in 0.3.x.
> I'm assuming you are talking about hostapd here. sm->sta_counted is a
> workaround for an issue where in some cases, the GNoStations counter
> could become negative due to too many decrementations. This came from
> the Devicescape version of hostapd which used a different WPA
> authenticator implementation originally. I do not know whether this
> issue actually is present in hostapd 0.3.x/0.4.x/0.5.x/0.6.x, but
> decided to include the workaround just in case anyway.
> The problem with GNoStations being decremented incorrectly is in this
> causing issues for group key updates. The state machine uses this value
> to determine when all STAs have received the new key before taking it
> into use.
> --
> Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA
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