[arch-projects] [netcfg] Fix passphrase dialog in wifi-menu

Jouke Witteveen j.witteveen at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 16:37:13 EDT 2012

On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM, Thomas Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Am 09.08.2012 17:27, schrieb Jouke Witteveen:
>> On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 10:11 PM, Thomas Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:
>>> I didn't actually test this, but it adds support for hex psk in wifi-menu,
>>> which has been forgotten, as usual.
>> Why would you want to enter your password in hex?! A WEP password
>> already is within the allowed length range, if you want an obscured
>> password, use the obscure parameter of wifi-menu.
> Because the WPA standard says you can do it: It allows for entering a 32
> Byte hex key directly (btw, this works on every divce I tried so far,
> including Windows, OS X, my cheap Sony Ericsson phone with proprietary
> firmware, the Amazon Kindle, ...).

Never noticed this part of the standard... In that case it all makes
sense and I'll merge your patch with the next version.

> When you have a raw hex key, there is no way to determine the passphrase
> - it is not even clear that a passphrase exists that results in this key.

Since there are over 95^63 >> 2^64 passwords and the passwords are
hashed before usage, there almost certainly is ;-).

> For instance, on my home wireless network, there is no way to connect
> other than entering the hex key - there is no 8-63 passphrase that would
> allow you to connect.

Thanks for the contribution!
- Jouke

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