driver_nl80211 broken again

Johannes Berg johannes
Fri Oct 2 22:52:42 PDT 2009

On Fri, 2009-10-02 at 23:31 +0200, Trepak Vilmos wrote:
> 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.

In case you haven't noticed, we're talking about the client
(wpa_supplicant) :)

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