If wlan_tkip/wlan_ccmp aren't loaded but are required by the hostap, the station mode code will:
* attempt to associate
* mark wlanX as UP
* note that the required encryption type is not active
* mark wlanX as DOWN
. then 5 seconds later, "ath0: device timeout" shows up.
After enabling debugging, I discovered this sequence of events:
* a frame was being queued to the hardware - in this instance, a DISCONNECT frame;
* the state would then transition to DOWN;
* the IER was disabled - ie, HAL_INT_GLOBAL was cleared and something called ath_hal_intrset(); so the interrupt wouldn't occur;
* the watchdog timer would kick in and call ath_reset();
* there'd be at least one completed frame in the TX queue, status OK - so it did go out.
The actual cause seems to be that the state transition is going from RUN -> INIT, and this is causing interrupts to be disabled.
ath_newstate() is causing a state transition to INIT, which disables interrupts and blocks the ath taskqueue. Trouble is, this doesn't stop/flush any of the currently pending hardware TX and this is what's eventually causing the watchdog timeout - although the hardware has completed the TX, the driver has disabled all methods of actually being notified about it.
How-To-Repeat: * compile ath/net80211 as modules
* load wlan and ath/ath_pci - but don't load wlan_wep/wlan_tkip/wlan_ccmp
* attempt to associate to a network which requires encryption
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I did a quick pass but if you are getting this email it might be worthwhile to double check to see if this bug ought to be closed.