accounting question

Phil Mayers p.mayers at
Tue Jan 22 10:34:47 CET 2013

On 01/21/2013 06:47 AM, Tzvika Gelber wrote:
> i'm looking to focus a problem i have - i think the main issue is not
> freeradius but it's a good place to ask.
> I have a server that's do both Radius and accounting for Wifi random
> users (web redirected system).
> now i just discovered that to authenticate the users i have to use the
> server "secret" password

It's not a "server secret password". The correct term is "radius shared 

> on the accounting side i can use whatever i want and it will still work.
> (if the secret for the server is 12345 i can use abcde for the
> accounting and i'll get the accounting files).

No, this doesn't work reliably.

> The question is this, if we stick to the AAA protocol do you really need
> the "radius secret" to use accounting? or can i just drop it?

No. The secret is required for correct operation.

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