Objective of OpenWRT/x86?

Philip Prindeville philipp_subx at redfish-solutions.com
Mon May 1 08:01:29 PDT 2023

> On May 1, 2023, at 8:12 AM, Joseph Mullally <jwmullally at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, May 1, 2023 at 5:43 AM Philip Prindeville
> <philipp_subx at redfish-solutions.com> wrote:
>>> On Apr 28, 2023, at 11:18 PM, Elliott Mitchell <ehem+openwrt at m5p.com> wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Apr 28, 2023 at 12:04:15PM -0600, Philip Prindeville wrote:
>>>> Um... you can't "virtualize" WiFi in any VM I've ever seen.
>>> You can though pass PCIe devices to a VM.  The hardware will physically
>>> attach to the control host, but a VM will be able to do anything it wants
>>> with it.
>> So the guest has the potential to crash or hang the host?
> I ran the OpenWrt x86/64 image under KVM/libvirtd for years with an
> Intel Wifi card connected through exclusive PCI passthrough, and it
> worked fine. There is enough conjecture already.

From one anecdotal episode I'm not going to extrapolate that this is a robust solution in all cases; I wouldn't get very far as a cyber security engineer thinking this way.


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