How to deal with switches not sending User-Password attribute for MAC-based authentication

Martin Gignac martin.gignac at
Sat Jan 25 21:18:06 CET 2020

Thanks for the tip Alan B. I did read the unlang man page yesterday,
but clearly my understanding of the various lists was flawed. I'm also
re-reading and it's
becoming clear I didn't fully grasp it upon first read. I'm also
reading your FreeRADIUS flow document
( and
that's making realize some stuff. Things are
starting to make more sense now.



On Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 1:03 PM Alan Buxey <alan.buxey at> wrote:
> hi,
> would suggest using the unlang man page to read the various list
> entries such as request (what comes in from NAS and what you need to
> adjust), control (to instruct the server) and reply (what goes back)
> alan
> On Sat, 25 Jan 2020 at 02:47, Martin Gignac <martin.gignac at> wrote:
> >
> > >   Add a User-Password attribute.  The issue is that you're adding it to the "control" list.  This is wrong.  Add it to the "request" list, so that it's added to the incoming packet.  It should then work.
> >
> > Thank you very much for this hint Alan; changing from "control" to
> > "request" was indeed all that was needed for the User-Password
> > attribute to be added and for the REST module to be called. Everything
> > now works.
> >
> > Thank you for your patience,
> > -Martin
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