[kismac] Re: KisMAC 0.05d

  • From: Brad Knowles <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: kismac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 20:21:53 +0200

At 7:52 AM -1000 2003/07/23, Bob Cunningham wrote:

>  I do like the way it starts up faster without asking for an
>  administrative password.  (It only asks for that when being
>  installed; which seems just right.)

        If this process were done by a binary program which was written 
in a sufficiently paranoid manner, I would not mind it being 
installed setuid.

        However, if this is being done via a script, I most *vehemently* 
object to it being installed setuid!  I don't think there is a setuid 
script alive that couldn't be subverted by someone sufficiently 

        Myself, I could not get KisMac 0.05d to load the Viha driver 
(MacOS X 10.2.6, PowerBook G4/800/DVI/1GB RAM, Apple Airport internal 
card).  I have yet to try it with the various other 802.11b cards 
that I have (Lucent, Prism, cisco, etc...).

        The shutdown process was not clean, either.  It did reload the 
Apple Airport driver, but the WEP password had been lost.  I had to 
switch to a different "Location" that disabled the Airport card, then 
switch back to my existing wireless network location, in order for 
the password to be re-loaded and get logged back on.

        Not pretty.  Version 0.05d is definitely not something I will be 
using.  I'll test it out with the other drivers and the other cards, 
but that's it.

        I have also recently obtained a Linksys WPC54G 802.11b/g card -- 
are there any plans to support these any time soon?  Apple does 
recognize this as an "Apple Airport Extreme" card and tried to 
provide a driver for it, but I made the mistake of not disabling my 
existing Airport card before installing it.

        Suffice it to say that this is a mistake you do *NOT* want to 
repeat -- I ended up having to go downstairs, connect to my Apple 
"Snow" Airport base station via Ethernet, fire up the Airport 
Administrator tool, grab the "Hex Equivalent WEP Password" and then 
re-enter that into my Apple Airport driver so that I could use my 
wireless network again.  Blech.

        If necessary, I'd be willing to buy a Linksys WPC54G card (only 
about 100 Euro) and ship it to Mick, if that would help get driver 
support added sooner rather than later.

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
     -Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.

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