Re: NetworkManagerInfo/nm-applet development question

Don't get me wrong...the key indexes are silly and
insecure (they simply obfuscate the passphrase which
doesn't make WEP any more secure).  The problem is
that NM cannot connect to a Linksys router unless you
are using the first key index.  I had mine set to key
index 3 and NM won't connect even if the ifcfg-eth1
and keys-eth1 are setup properly since NM generates
it's own WEP key from the passphrase.  It doesn't grab
the information (defaultkey, key1,key2, etc.) from
your keys-ethX files.

I realize this is not a core area for someone to work
on but I figured it would make things easier for a few
other people out there.  I also wanted something
simple to get started on some open-source development.

--- Bill Moss <bmoss clemson edu> wrote:

> Eric wrote:
> I have a Linksys router with the painfully annoying
> "key index" setup.  I have written a patch for
> NetworkManager to be able to interface with the WEP
> "key indexes" on the router.  I used the Linksys GPL
> code to figure out their system.  Anyway, I used
> glade
> to edit the nm-applet and add four radio buttons for
> key indexes but I cannot get the nm-applet to run on
> my system.  The NetworkManagerInfo binary that came
> with FC4 works fine but I can't seem to figure out
> how
> to use the nm-applet.
> Any ideas?
> PS: Do you guys know if any other routers use the
> key
> index scheme?  I believe I could check the AP MAC to
> enable/disable the key indexes on a per manufacturer
> basis.
> ___________________________________________
> In the more recent versions of NM, the name
> NetworkManagerInfo changed to nm-applet 
> and the location change to /usr/libexec which may be
> why you cannot find it. See
> for more
> details.
> Cisco 350 series cards use key indexing. Since Cisco
> now owns Linksys, it is
> not surprising that Linksys does as well. I have a
> Cisco AIR-PCM352 card that I
> use in my T42/Intel Pro 2200BG for testing of
> patches to the airo driver for
> the Cisco 350 series cards. This card has keys
> stored in key[0]-key[4]. The
> command 'iwconfig eth1 key on', for example, will
> configure key[0]. There is no need
> to use key indexing with NM. The keys that you enter
> in the NM passphrase or other-networks
> dialogs will be stored in Gnome Keyring and
> available to NM as needed. I see no
> advantage to using key indexing. If that is all you
> use, you limit the number of
> keys you can use.
> -- 
> Bill Moss
> Professor, Mathematical Sciences
> Clemson University
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Eric Wenger
eric_wenger yahoo com

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