[3.13.y.z extended stable] Patch "iwlwifi: mvm: treat EAPOLs like mgmt frames wrt rate" has been added to staging queue

Kamal Mostafa kamal at canonical.com
Thu Oct 9 20:51:40 UTC 2014

This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    iwlwifi: mvm: treat EAPOLs like mgmt frames wrt rate

to the linux-3.13.y-queue branch of the 3.13.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


This patch is scheduled to be released in version

If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
reply to this email.

For more information about the 3.13.y.z tree, see



>From b4f2294d8427fad9d3f5e34c57b6ce81fa76420a Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Eyal Shapira <eyal at wizery.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:39:21 +0300
Subject: iwlwifi: mvm: treat EAPOLs like mgmt frames wrt rate

commit aa11bbf3df026d6b1c6b528bef634fd9de7c2619 upstream.

Using the LQ table which is initially set according to
the rssi could lead to EAPOLs being sent in high legacy
rates like 54mbps.
It's better to avoid sending EAPOLs in high rates as it reduces
the chances of a successful 4-Way handshake.
Avoid this and treat them like other mgmt frames which would
initially get sent at the basic rate.

Signed-off-by: Eyal Shapira <eyalx.shapira at intel.com>
Reviewed-by: Johannes Berg <johannes.berg at intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Emmanuel Grumbach <emmanuel.grumbach at intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal at canonical.com>
 drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/mvm/tx.c | 8 ++++++--
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/mvm/tx.c b/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/mvm/tx.c
index c8f6974..edf9f7b 100644
--- a/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/mvm/tx.c
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/mvm/tx.c
@@ -173,10 +173,14 @@ static void iwl_mvm_set_tx_cmd_rate(struct iwl_mvm *mvm,

 	 * for data packets, rate info comes from the table inside the fw. This
-	 * table is controlled by LINK_QUALITY commands
+	 * table is controlled by LINK_QUALITY commands. Exclude ctrl port
+	 * frames like EAPOLs which should be treated as mgmt frames. This
+	 * avoids them being sent initially in high rates which increases the
+	 * chances for completion of the 4-Way handshake.

-	if (ieee80211_is_data(fc) && sta) {
+	if (ieee80211_is_data(fc) && sta &&
+	    !(info->control.flags & IEEE80211_TX_CTRL_PORT_CTRL_PROTO)) {
 		tx_cmd->initial_rate_index = 0;
 		tx_cmd->tx_flags |= cpu_to_le32(TX_CMD_FLG_STA_RATE);

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