#944 closed System Defect (fixed)

Bugs in wireless WEP mode

Reported by: NaomasaMaruyama Owned by: kris
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: Network Manager Version: 9.1-RELEASE
Keywords: WEP Hex key, index Cc: trac-bugs@…


When using WEP mode and setting 10 digit hex key by Network manager, I never succeed in getting dhcp address. Checking with ifconfig, I see the key is set to be 104 bits, which should be 40 bits for 10 digit hex wep key.

wlan0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500

ether 64:80:99:4b:55:90
inet6 fe80::6680:99ff:fe4b:5590%wlan0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x7
inet netmask 0xff000000 broadcast
media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet DS/11Mbps mode 11g
status: associated
ssid Maruyama-home-lan channel 10 (2457 MHz 11g) bssid 00:07:40:57:57:13
country US authmode OPEN privacy ON deftxkey 1 wepkey 1:104-bit
txpower 15 bmiss 10 scanvalid 450 bgscan bgscanintvl 300
bgscanidle 250 roam:rssi 7 roam:rate 5 protmode CTS wme roaming MANUAL

Another strange behavior of the Network manager for WEP mode is treatment of key index. Setting my wireless station to be WEP mode of key index other than 1 and using Network manager, I sometimes succeed in getting dhcp address but mostly fail. Anyway the key index setting is NOT saved by the Network manager, and returns to the default value after reboot.

I checked these phenomena on PCBSD9.1(03-06-2013 amd64, i386). I don't know whether they are resolved in PCBSD9.2.

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 19 months ago by joshms

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

There was a bug in WEP mode in 9.0 and 9.1 versions. 9.0 and 9.1 are not receiving further updates and so this has not been made retroactive. This has been corrected in newer versions, and i'd recommend upgrading to a newer image / branch such as 10.0 release to take full advantage of all the awesome new features.

Best Regards,


comment:2 Changed 18 months ago by NaomasaMaruyama

  • Resolution wontfix deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

I checked this on both PCBSD9.2(PCBSD9.2-RELEASE-p11-01-09-2014-x64-DVD-USB.iso) and 10.0(PCBSD10.0-RELEASE-p4-01-17-2014-x64-DVD-USB.iso). For 9.2, situation is exactly same as 9.1, that is,
no problem for 5 letter ascii key, and can not get dhcp address for 10 digit hex key, while wlan0
interface becomes "associated". For 10.0, situation is worse and dissapointing. The wlan0 interface
never becomes "associated" for both 5 letter ascii key and 10 digit hex key.

comment:3 Changed 18 months ago by joshms

  • Owner set to kris
  • Status changed from reopened to new

comment:4 Changed 18 months ago by kris

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed
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