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Date:	Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:18:11 +0200
From:	Johannes Berg <>
Cc:	"John W. Linville" <>,
	linux-wireless <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2.6] WE-22 : prevent information leak on 64 bit


> 	First, I'm the current active maintainer of the
> wext-over-netlink interface, and nobody bothered to even 'inform' me
> about its removal, let alone consult with me.

I definitely should have copied you on the feature-removal schedule
patch for wext-over-netlink and then the actual removal in wireless-dev;
please accept my apologies for not doing that, it was not done in bad
faith. It was never my intention to demote you to a "second class
citizen", I'm sorry you feel that way.

I have previously (and multiple times) given technical justification for
removing this code (even recorded in the kernel changelog now) and I
contend your allegation that it is a political issue. Others in this
thread have pointed out the technical issues with wext and wext/nl so I
will not repeat them.

I hope that despite my mistakes in handling the wext/nl removal we will
be able to work together in the future to have wext fully supported with
clear semantics for backwards compatibility while the kernel internally
migrates towards cfg80211.


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