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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for wpa_cli (netbsd section 8)

WPA_CLI(8)			   BSD System Manager's Manual			       WPA_CLI(8)

NAME
     wpa_cli -- text-based frontend program for interacting with wpa_supplicant

SYNOPSIS
     wpa_cli [commands]

DESCRIPTION
     The wpa_cli utility is a text-based frontend program for interacting with wpa_supplicant(8).
     It is used to query current status, change configuration, trigger events, and request inter-
     active user input.

     The wpa_cli utility can show the current authentication status, selected security mode,
     dot11 and dot1x MIBs, etc.  In addition, wpa_cli can configure EAPOL state machine parame-
     ters and trigger events such as reassociation and IEEE 802.1X logoff/logon.

     The wpa_cli utility provides an interface to supply authentication information such as user-
     name and password when it is not provided in the wpa_supplicant.conf(5) configuration file.
     This can be used, for example, to implement one-time passwords or generic token card authen-
     tication where the authentication is based on a challenge-response that uses an external
     device for generating the response.

     The wpa_cli utility supports two modes: interactive and command line.  Both modes share the
     same command set and the main difference is that in interactive mode, wpa_cli provides
     access to unsolicited messages (event messages, username/password requests).

     Interactive mode is started when wpa_cli is executed without any parameters on the command
     line.  Commands are then entered from the controlling terminal in response to the wpa_cli
     prompt.  In command line mode, the same commands are entered as command line arguments.

     The control interface of wpa_supplicant(8) can be configured to allow non-root user access
     by using the ctrl_interface_group parameter in the wpa_supplicant.conf(5) configuration
     file.  This makes it possible to run wpa_cli with a normal user account.

AUTHENTICATION PARAMETERS
     When wpa_supplicant(8) needs authentication parameters, such as username and password, that
     are not present in the configuration file, it sends a request message to all attached fron-
     tend programs, e.g., wpa_cli in interactive mode.	The wpa_cli utility shows these requests
     with a ``CTRL-REQ-<type>-<id>:<text>'' prefix, where <type> is IDENTITY, PASSWORD, or OTP
     (one-time password), <id> is a unique identifier for the current network, and <text> is
     description of the request.  In the case of a OTP (One Time Password) request, it includes
     the challenge from the authentication server.

     A user must supply wpa_supplicant(8) the needed parameters in response to these requests.

     For example,

	   CTRL-REQ-PASSWORD-1:Password needed for SSID foobar
	   > password 1 mysecretpassword

	   Example request for generic token card challenge-response:

	   CTRL-REQ-OTP-2:Challenge 1235663 needed for SSID foobar
	   > otp 2 9876

COMMANDS
     The following commands may be supplied on the command line or at a prompt when operating
     interactively.

     status  Report the current WPA/EAPOL/EAP status for the current interface.

     mib     Report MIB variables (dot1x, dot11) for the current interface.

     help    Show usage help.

     interface [ifname]
	     Show available interfaces and/or set the current interface when multiple are avail-
	     able.

     level debug_level
	     Change the debugging level in wpa_supplicant(8).  Larger numbers generate more mes-
	     sages.

     license
	     Display the full license for wpa_cli.

     logoff  Send the IEEE 802.1X EAPOL state machine into the ``logoff'' state.

     logon   Send the IEEE 802.1X EAPOL state machine into the ``logon'' state.

     set [settings]
	     Set variables.  When no arguments are supplied, the known variables and their set-
	     tings are displayed.

     pmksa   Show the contents of the PMKSA cache.

     reassociate
	     Force a reassociation to the current access point.

     reconfigure
	     Force wpa_supplicant(8) to re-read its configuration file.

     preauthenticate BSSID
	     Force preauthentication of the specified BSSID.

     identity network_id identity
	     Configure an identity for an SSID.

     password network_id password
	     Configure a password for an SSID.

     otp network_id password
	     Configure a one-time password for an SSID.

     terminate
	     Force wpa_supplicant(8) to terminate.

     quit    Exit wpa_cli.

SEE ALSO
     wpa_supplicant.conf(5), wpa_supplicant(8)

HISTORY
     The wpa_cli utility first appeared in NetBSD 4.0.

AUTHORS
     The wpa_cli utility was written by Jouni Malinen <jkmaline@cc.hut.fi>.  This manual page is
     derived from the README file included in the wpa_supplicant distribution.

BSD					 October 1, 2005				      BSD


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