MACsec support with IEEE 802.1X-2010 driver requirements?

Ben Greear greearb
Fri Aug 14 13:54:43 PDT 2015

On 08/14/2015 01:50 PM, Jouni Malinen wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 10:16:03AM -0700, Ben Greear wrote:
>> I am trying to understand what it would take to support MACsec in, say,
>> Intel NICs.
>> Is this something that requires specific hardware support?
> Yes the hardware needs to support MACsec.. This involves support for
> encrypting/decrypting frames and managing the keys for that.
>> Any idea how much work this would involve assuming it can be done at all?
> src/drivers/driver_macsec_qca.c shows an example driver interface for
> MACsec.

Out of curiosity, I guess something like mac80211 sw crypt features could
do this on the CPU for generic hardware?


Ben Greear <greearb at>
Candela Technologies Inc

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