hostapd is a user space daemon for access point and authentication servers. It implements IEEE 802.11 access point management, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP Authenticators, RADIUS client, EAP server, and RADIUS authentication server. The current version supports Linux (Host AP, madwifi, mac80211-based drivers) and FreeBSD (net80211).
hostapd is designed to be a “daemon” program that runs in the background and acts as the backend component controlling authentication. hostapd supports separate frontend programs and an example text-based frontend, hostapd_cli, is included with hostapd.
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IEEE 802.1X defines the encapsulation of the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) over IEEE 802, which is known as “EAP over LAN” or EAPOL. EAPOL was originally designed for IEEE 802.3 Ethernet in 802.1X-2001, but was clarified to suit other IEEE 802 LAN technologies such as IEEE 802.11 wireless and Fiber Distributed Data Interface (ISO 9314-2) in 802.1X-2004. The EAPOL protocol was also modified for use with IEEE 802.1AE (“MACsec”) and IEEE 802.1AR (Secure Device Identity, DevID) in 802.1X-2010 to support service identification and optional point to point encryption over the local LAN segment.
IP forwarding” is a synonym for “routing.” It is called “kernel IP forwarding” because it is a feature of the Linux kernel.
A router has multiple network interfaces. If traffic comes in on one interface that matches a subnet of another network interface, a router then forwards that traffic to the other network interface.
So, let’s say you have two NICs, one (NIC 1) is at address 192.168.2.1/24, and the other (NIC 2) is 192.168.3.1/24. If forwarding is enabled, and a packet comes in on NIC 1 with a “destination address” of 192.168.3.8, the router will resend that packet out of the NIC 2.
It’s common for routers functioning as gateways to the Internet to have a default route whereby any traffic that doesn’t match any NICs will go through the default route’s NIC. So in the above example, if you have an internet connection on NIC 2, you’d set NIC 2 as your default route and then any traffic coming in from NIC 1 that isn’t destined for something on 192.168.2.0/24 will go through NIC 2. Hopefully there’s other routers past NIC 2 that can further route it (in the case of the Internet, the next hop would be your ISP’s router, and then their providers upstream router, etc.)
Enabling ip_forward tells your Linux system to do this. For it to be meaningful, you need two network interfaces (any 2 or more of wired NIC cards, Wifi cards or chipsets, PPP links over a 56k modem or serial, etc.).
When doing routing, security is important and that’s where Linux’s packet filter, iptables, gets involved. So you will need an iptables configuration consistent with your needs.
Note that enabling forwarding with iptables disabled and/or without taking firewalling and security into account could leave you open to vulnerabilites if one of the NICs is facing the Internet or a subnet you don’t have control over.
iptables 可以检测、修改、转发、重定向和丢弃 IPv4 数据包。过滤 IPv4 数据包的代码已经内置于内核中，并且按照不同的目的被组织成 表 的集合。表 由一组预先定义的 链 组成，链 包含遍历顺序规则。每一条规则包含一个谓词的潜在匹配和相应的动作（称为 目标），如果谓词为真，该动作会被执行。也就是说条件匹配。iptables 是用户工具，允许用户使用 链 和 规则。
This target is only valid in the nat table, in the POSTROUTING chain. It should only be used with dynamically assigned IP (dialup) connections: if you have a
static IP address, you should use the SNAT target. Masquerading is equivalent to specifying a mapping to the IP address of the interface the packet is going
out, but also has the effect that connections are forgotten when the interface goes down. This is the correct behavior when the next dialup is unlikely to have
the same interface address (and hence any established connections are lost anyway).
ESTABLISHED The ESTABLISHED state has seen traffic in both directions and will then continuously match those packets. ESTABLISHED connections are fairly easy to understand. The only requirement to get into an ESTABLISHED state is that one host sends a packet, and that it later on gets a reply from the other host. The NEW state will upon receipt of the reply packet to or through the firewall change to the ESTABLISHED state. ICMP reply messages can also be considered as ESTABLISHED, if we created a packet that in turn generated the reply ICMP message.
RELATED The RELATED state is one of the more tricky states. A connection is considered RELATED when it is related to another already ESTABLISHED connection. What this means, is that for a connection to be considered as RELATED, we must first have a connection that is considered ESTABLISHED. The ESTABLISHED connection will then spawn a connection outside of the main connection. The newly spawned connection will then be considered RELATED, if the conntrack module is able to understand that it is RELATED. Some good examples of connections that can be considered as RELATED are the FTP-data connections that are considered RELATED to the FTP control port, and the DCC connections issued through IRC. This could be used to allow ICMP error messages, FTP transfers and DCC’s to work properly through the firewall. Do note that most TCP protocols and some UDP protocols that rely on this mechanism are quite complex and send connection information within the payload of the TCP or UDP data segments, and hence require special helper modules to be correctly understood.