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Date:	Tue, 18 Dec 2007 13:42:05 +0100
From:	Johannes Berg <>
To:	Jouni Malinen <>
Cc:	"John W. Linville" <>,
	linux-wireless <>,
	netdev <>,
	Michael Wu <>,
	Tomas Winkler <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] mac80211: clean up frame receive handling

> > I think in theory all eapol frames are sent to the PAE group address,
> > but I have no idea which of the checks would be more efficient. It seems
> > that the first could be optimised a lot because it's constant too...
> They are not.. PAE group address is used for all EAPOL frames in
> non-shared media LANs (e.g., wired Ethernet switch), but IEEE 802.11
> uses the specific MAC address of the PAE since it is a shared media LAN
> (i.e., the frames are between the unicast MAC address of the non-AP
> STA/Supplicant and AP/Authenticator). 

If that's how it's specified, ok, but I think it's not strictly
necessary because the AP is addressed already by the BSSID, no?

> If we end up having to drop the
> PAE group addressed EAPOL frames in mac80211 anyway due to Linux
> bridging code not doing this,

No, we don't. We have to drop "unicast to somebody else". Group
addressed frames are dropped just fine.


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