ATTRIBUTE has invalid number (larger than 255)

Steven Stanek steven.stanek at
Wed Jul 26 17:24:36 CEST 2006

Thanks for the help with this one... Yes, we have a two byte VSA field for
the equipment I am working on. 

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Subject: Re: ATTRIBUTE has invalid number (larger than 255)

"Steven Stanek" <steven.stanek at> wrote:
> I am a FreeRadius newbie. I have installed FreeRADIUS Version 1.1.2. I 
> was able to install without any errors. But when I start the server I 
> get an odd message about a dictionary file (see below. I have a 
> Solaris machine running
> -> SunOS aureb01f 5.8 Generic_117000-03 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-60.
> /usr/local/etc/raddb/AlcatelAccess.dct[25]: dict_addattr: ATTRIBUTE 
> has invalid number (larger than 255).

  That dictionary isn't included in the default install, so I presume it's
something you added locally.

  The default encoding for RADIUS VSA's is one octet for the attribute
field, which means values 0..255.  Does Alcatel use a different format for
their attributes?  If so, what?

  Alan DeKok.
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