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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/6] wl1251: Generate random MAC address only if driver does not have valid
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On Saturday 24 December 2016 19:08:54 Pavel Machek wrote:
> On Sat 2016-12-24 17:52:59, Pali Rohár wrote:
> > Before this patch driver generated random MAC address every time
> > when was doing initialization. And after that random MAC address
> > could be overwritten with fixed one if provided.
>
> Before this patch, driver generated random MAC address every time it
> was initialized. After that random MAC address could be overwritten
> with fixed one, if provided.
>
> > This patch changes order. First it tries to read fixed MAC address
> > and if it fails then driver generates random MAC address.
>
> I don't quite get where the advantage is supposed to be. Is it that
> "use_eeprom" is set, but reading fails?

Random bytes are read from kernel only if random MAC address is needed.
And in wl->mac_addr is always either invalid address or permanenent mac
address which will be used. Without patch in wl->mac_addr can be random
temporary address for some time...

> The only case where this helps is if wl1251_read_eeprom_mac()
> succeeds but reads invalid address.
>
> > Signed-off-by: Pali Rohár <pali.rohar@gmail.com>
>
> Acked-by: Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz>

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Pali Rohár
pali.rohar@gmail.com
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