wpa_supplicant in head

Kevin Oberman oberman at es.net
Sun Nov 18 14:45:21 PST 2007

> From: rmgls at free.fr
> Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 16:53:56 +0100
> Sender: owner-freebsd-current at freebsd.org
> Hi all,
> I investigated a little more, with my connection problem.
> in fact, even with a world and a kernel of this morning, i cannot connect
> to my AP, because this one is hidden, (the ssid is not transmitted in his frames).
> and wpa_supplicant does not recognize it even indicating his bssid.
> when it is not hidden, all works fine with all machines.
> the problem occurs only when the AP is hidden.
> Something has changed between the 30-9-2007 and the 27-10, date of my update.
> i can confirm that world and kernel of 30-9 connected quite well even
> with a hidden AP.
> Here is the config:
> Current, on two machines, (one laptop with the iwi driver,
> and one smp with ath builtin on the motherboard.
> i use wpa_supplicant with both, and nothing has changed in the config.
> of course the config_file points to the ssid and psk is correct.
> wpa_supplicant -d see the mac address but reports a bad ssid "" (hidden),
> but the ssid of the AP is present.
> With some help perhaps i can investigate furthermore and solve the problem.
> Thanks in advance.

This looks just too obvious, so it is probably not the answer. Do you
have "scan_ssid=1" in the network definition in
/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf? It is required for unadvertised APs, even if
the ssid is specified.

Here is the (sanitized) entry for my home net which does not advertise
(WEP, not WPA):
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
E-mail: oberman at es.net			Phone: +1 510 486-8634
Key fingerprint:059B 2DDF 031C 9BA3 14A4  EADA 927D EBB3 987B 3751
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