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Old 2nd July 2014
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I have installed OpenBSD on an embedded system (Soekris 4801) with a wireless card and I am trying to run it as an Access Point. I can see that the board has the driver and recognizes the card after doing:

dmesg | grep -i ath0

ath0 at pci0 dev 14 function 0 "Atheros AR5413" rev 0x01: irq 11
ath0: AR 5413 10.5 phy 6.1 rf 6.3, FCC2A*, address 00:30:1a:46:0d:5b
I changed the /etc/hostname.ath0 file as follows:

up media autoselect mediaopt hostap mode 11g chan 1
and restarted the networking interface:

sh /etc/netstart ath0
However, doing this gives the following message:

WARNING: /etc/hostname.ath0 is insecure, fixing permissions
and then instantly reboots. The reboot cycle then continues forever exactly after the network is started. Any ideas on why this reboot might be happening? Is this a OpenBSD, driver, or a hardware issue?
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Hello, and welcome!

If the "fixing pemissions" message repeats with each boot cycle, I would consider a hardware problem more likely than software, as the filesystem is not capable of setting the file mode to 640 ("-rw-r-----"). Boot in single user mode ("-s" in response to the "boot>" prompt), mount the filesystems ("# mount -a") and try a manual chmod(8) against the file. If the system reboots then and there, you will know it is neither the contents of the file nor the ath(4) driver.
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