driver_nl80211 broken again

Trepak Vilmos trepo
Fri Oct 2 14:31:48 PDT 2009

Johannes Berg wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-10-01 at 01:13 +0300, Jouni Malinen wrote:
>> To me, this looks broken. When wpa_supplicant requests a
>> disassociastion, it is _only_ asking for disassociation, not
>> deauthentication. cfg80211/mac80211 may not currently handle that, but
>> as far as I can tell, it sounds like an issue there and not in
>> wpa_supplicant. Johannes may disagree with this, though.
> cfg80211/mac80211 _do_ handle that. If you ask for disassociation, it
> stays authenticated, and later expects you to still remember that and
> refuses authentication since you're already authenticated.
>> I don't think either of those options would be acceptable for
>> wpa_supplicant and the correct fix is to make cfg80211/mac80211 be able
>> to handle authentication to a STA that is already authenticated. If
>> that is not acceptable, this hack needs to be hidden in driver_nl80211.c
>> instead of polluting core wpa_supplicant code which is supposed to be
>> driver independent. In other words, make driver_nl80211.c deauth if auth
>> fails and then try auth again. I don't really like that much, but if
>> this needs to be worked around in wpa_supplicant, that is the most
>> likely place where such a change could be considered.
> I still don't see how it makes sense to authenticate while still being
> authenticated.

The client might have lost state info (rebooted, etc.). Let it redo the
auth if it wants to, deauth if it fails.

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