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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] remove custom Michael MIC implementation
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"Tobin C. Harding" <me@tobin.cc> writes:

> On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 09:58:51AM +0200, Wolfram Sang wrote:
>>
>> > The code is untested, I have hardware in the mail.
>>
>> Cool!
>
> The card I have is a Spectec FCC ID: S2Y-WLAN-11B-G which I believe is
> a SDW-823 and should use the ks7010 driver. I am going to attempt to
> get it running on a Raspberry Pi B+. I ordered the wrong size break
> out board originally so waiting on the new one now.
>
>>
>> > If any one is interested and has any comments I would really like to
>> > hear them. I am open to all suggestions (even down to trivial coding
>> > style issues).
>>
>> I'll just repeat that the key move to get this driver out of staging is
>> to get away from the WEXT interface to CFG80211. Otherwise no chance
>> that wireless maintainers will even look at it. This is a huge change
>> but once it is done, features like Michael MIC come with it for free
>> (from what I recall, I am not a wireless expert myself).
>
> That would explain why I could not find more than the Orinoco driver
> using the Michael MIC module directly.

I think cfg80211 and mac80211 got mixed up. mac80211 (the full IEEE
802.11 stack for "softmac" devices) provides Michael MIC implementation,
but cfg80211 (for "hardmac" devices) does not.

>> Without the CFG80211 conversion, replacing the Michael custom
>> implementation with the in-kernel one makes the driver a tad better and
>> is good exercise. However, it will sadly not help to get the driver out
>> of staging.
>
> I'll drop it then. Could you please tell me, is there any thing else
> more I need to do to let LKML know that this RFC is dropped? Or is
> this reply enough. I don't want to use any ones time unnecessarily.
>
>>
>> But if you want a clean WEXT driver first, this is a step in the right
>> direction.
>
> Let's go for a CFG80211 driver and get out of staging :) So next step
> is I guess study the ath6kl driver, learn how CFG80211 is done and
> implement that interface in ks7010? Oh, and test that it works.

Please keep linux-wireless list in loop so that people on that list can
help.

--
Kalle Valo

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