Re: [PATCH 2.6] Intersil Prism54 wireless driver

From: Jouni Malinen
Date: Wed Mar 10 2004 - 21:36:05 EST

On Wed, Mar 10, 2004 at 05:37:16PM -0600, James Ketrenos wrote:

> I'd like to get WEP into IPW2100 as soon as possible, and would like to do
> so in a way that would make transitioning to a common 802.11 layer seamless
> (or at least reasonably isolated). Any suggestions on how to best do this,
> or where we might be able to help, would be much appreciated.

Host AP driver ( has generic (i.e., hardware
independent) implementation of IEEE 802.11 encryption for WEP, TKIP, and
CCMP. These functions take in skb's with IEEE 802.11 headers and
encrypt/decrypt the frames. I haven't yet taken a look at your IPW2100
driver, but if you are including IEEE 802.11 headers in the skb's at
some point, I would assume that the WEP implementation from Host AP
driver would work fine with that driver, too.

The current implementation has hardware independent module (hostap.ko)
that exports the crypto functions for IEEE 802.11 skb's. Both client
station and AP is supported. (To be honest, there is probably still
couple of small Prism2-specific parts in hostap.ko, but not in the
crypto parts and I'm in the process of getting rid of the remaining
wlan hardware dependent parts).

I'm in the process of replacing the algorithm parts (RC4, Michael MIC,
AES-CCM) with crypto API versions so that only the IEEE 802.11 specific
parts (like format of the IV/packet number, replay protection,
pseudo-header for authentication) remain in the implementation and
low-level crypto algorithms can share code with other uses. Once this is
done, I would hope to get the code merged into the kernel tree either
with full Host AP driver or separately. One option would be to first add
Host AP driver in its current structure (i.e., everything in
drivers/net/wireless) and then create a new directory (net/ieee80211 ?)
for generic IEEE 802.11 functionality and start moving things like the
IEEE 802.11 encryption into the new location.

Jouni Malinen PGP id EFC895FA
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