Re: [PATCH] brcmfmac: implement more accurate skb tracking
From: Dan Williams
Date: Mon Sep 26 2016 - 10:59:41 EST
On Mon, 2016-09-26 at 14:13 +0200, RafaÅ MiÅecki wrote:
> On 26 September 2016 at 13:46, Arend Van Spriel
> <arend.vanspriel@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On 26-9-2016 12:23, RafaÅ MiÅecki wrote:
> > >
> > > From: RafaÅ MiÅecki <rafal@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > >
> > > We need to track 802.1x packets to know if there are any pending
> > > ones
> > > for transmission. This is required for performing key update in
> > > the
> > > firmware.
> > The problem we are trying to solve is a pretty old one. The problem
> > is
> > that wpa_supplicant uses two separate code paths: EAPOL messaging
> > through data path and key configuration though nl80211.
> Can I find it described/reported somewhere?
If I understand the issue correctly, you can find all this in the
supplicant code. ÂOnce the supplicant has done whatever it wants to do
with the data frames that just happen to be EAPOL it then sends the
keys down to the driver with nl80211.
But it sounds like, instead of sniffing EAPOL frames in the driver skb
tracking and sniffing ETH_P_PAE, you should probably implement support
for NL80211_CMD_CRIT_PROTOCOL_START/NL80211_CMD_CRIT_PROTOCOL_STOP and
key off the passed-inÂNL80211_CRIT_PROTO_EAPOL. ÂAt least at the
beginning of connection setup only EAPOL packets will be allowed
It doesn't seem like the supplicant usesÂNL80211_CRIT_PROTO_EAPOL yet,
but that should also be fixed in the supplicant itself. ÂYou should
probably get some comments from Jouni on how he'd like to see all this
work. ÂBut generally the less specific sniffing of frames in drivers,
likely the better.
> > >
> > > Unfortunately our old tracking code wasn't very accurate. It was
> > > treating skb as pending as soon as it was passed by the netif.
> > > Actual
> > > handling packet to the firmware was happening later as brcmfmac
> > > internally queues them and uses its own worker(s).
> > That does not seem right. As soon as we get a 1x packet we need to
> > wait
> > with key configuration regardless whether it is still in the driver
> > or
> > handed over to firmware already.
> OK, thanks.