wlceventd_proc_event spam by unknown MAC-address

expor

Occasional Visitor
Not even sure it should be in the Merlin sub-thread as probably this would also occur on Asus FW but here goes...

Today I updated my AX56U to 386.7_2 and when doing a quick sanity check on my system log I saw a LOT of wlceventd_proc_event() events being spammed. At first I thought one of my devices was having issues to connect but when checking the client list all known devices are connected. To be sure I disconnected all WiFi devices and indeed, the spam continued. When hiding my 2.4ghz SSID the spam stops, when enabling it again the spam continued. Finally I simply added a MAC filter to block the mac address and the spam completely stopped.

Just a snippet, this recurs every few seconds in bursts (aproximately 6 entries per 2 seconds):
Code:
Aug 15 20:23:24 wlceventd: wlceventd_proc_event(505): eth5: Auth 70:89:76:65:A8:74, status: Successful (0)
Aug 15 20:23:27 wlceventd: wlceventd_proc_event(469): eth5: Deauth_ind 70:89:76:65:A8:74, status: 0, reason: Unspecified reason (1)
Aug 15 20:23:27 wlceventd: wlceventd_proc_event(505): eth5: Auth 70:89:76:65:A8:74, status: Successful (0)
Aug 15 20:23:27 wlceventd: wlceventd_proc_event(469): eth5: Deauth_ind 70:89:76:65:A8:74, status: 0, reason: Unspecified reason (1)
Aug 15 20:23:27 wlceventd: wlceventd_proc_event(505): eth5: Auth 70:89:76:65:A8:74, status: Successful (0)
Aug 15 20:23:27 wlceventd: wlceventd_proc_event(469): eth5: Deauth_ind 70:89:76:65:A8:74, status: 0, reason: Unspecified reason (1)
Aug 15 20:23:27 wlceventd: wlceventd_proc_event(505): eth5: Auth 70:89:76:65:A8:74, status: Successful (0)
Aug 15 20:23:27 wlceventd: wlceventd_proc_event(469): eth5: Deauth_ind 70:89:76:65:A8:74, status: 0, reason: Unspecified reason (1)

When looking at nearby WiFi devices on my phone I do see an "AP_<somenumbers>" with maximum signal. Can it be that some neighbors AP is continuisly trying to connect causing the observed log pollution? I'm only a beginner when it comes to this kind of material so any info would be appreciated.
 

Yota

Very Senior Member
I had a similar problem once, my neighbor bought a new IoT device, he even recommended me to buy it, after a few weeks I found that the IoT device kept trying to access my router, at first I thought it was some kind of attempt at plotting indoor coordinates, but soon I realized that plotting indoor coordinates doesn't require constantly entering wrong wifi passwords, it's a brute force attempt to crack wifi.

You may have the same problem as mine, the IoT device is either hacked or it has malicious firmware itself.
 
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