Can't Install hostapd-wpe

Hi I am having an issue with installing hostapd-wpe on Parrot OS 5.0 (Electro Ara). This is what it says when i try to install it using: sudo apt install hostapd-wpe. It says:
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree… Done
Reading state information… Done
Package hostapd-wpe is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package ‘hostapd-wpe’ has no installation candidate

Can you pls help me because i am not an expert with using linux?


  • Parrot os 5.0 (Electro Era):

  • Balena etcher:

  • Logs/Terminal output *Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    Reading state information… Done
    Package hostapd-wpe is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

E: Package ‘hostapd-wpe’ has no installation candidate*

  • Screenshots:

Hi @MrLegionKiller,

Have you checked your parrot.list?

deb https://deb.parrot.sh/parrot/ parrot non-free contrib main
deb https://deb.parrot.sh/direct/parrot/ parrot-security main contrib non-free
deb https://deb.parrot.sh/parrot/ parrot-backports main contrib non-free
deb https://deb.parrot.sh/parrot/ parrot-updates non-free contrib main

It’s not found.

Is that alright??

Yes, it looks right.

Looking at the Parrot repo, there is a hostapd-wpe_2.9+git20190816-0parrot1.debian.tar.xz file, but no deb file.

https://deb.parrot.sh/parrot/pool/main/h/hostapd-wpe/

I’m afraid I don’t know for sure if that is the problem. Looking at a Kali mirror repo, there is a deb file which you may be able to download and install using sudo dpkg -i or sudo gdebi.
http://ftp.halifax.rwth-aachen.de/kali/pool/main/h/hostapd-wpe/hostapd-wpe_2.9+git20190816-0kali2_amd64.deb

Ok I will try.

When i tried to install it, That was the output;
sudo gdebi hostapd-wpe_2.9+git20190816-0kali2_amd64.deb
[sudo] password for anonymous:
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree… Done
Reading state information… Done
Reading state information… Done
This package is uninstallable
Dependency is not satisfiable: libssl1.0.2 (>= 1.0.2d)

And when I tried to install libssl1.0.2, That was the output:
sudo apt-get install libssl1.0.2
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree… Done
Reading state information… Done
Package libssl1.0.2 is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package ‘libssl1.0.2’ has no installation candidate

Please also know that on the previous versions of ParrotOS, I didn’t face any problems with hostapd-wpe or libssl1.0.2.

Try installing a different libssl?

I will try.

Yes I have tried and already libssl1.1 is the latest version, in my opinion i think this is a problem with ParrotOS Electro Era because the previous version worked just fine. How about you?

I have Parrot Security 5.0 installed and updated which has the correct libssl and with hostapd-wpe. I’ve never used hostapd-wpe. There is probably an issue due to no deb file available on the repo, if you somehow removed the files, or installed the Home or Architect edition. Maybe Parrot Security 5.0 comes with the available files, but something happened to your install? Hopefully a developer can add some light to this.

┌─[masmer@cracker]─[~]
└──╼ $hostapd-wpe
hostapd-WPE v2.9
User space daemon for IEEE 802.11 AP management,
IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP/RADIUS Authenticator
Copyright (c) 2002-2019, Jouni Malinen <j@w1.fi> and contributors
-----------------------------------------------------
WPE (Wireless Pwnage Edition)
This version has been cleverly modified to target
wired and wireless users.
Twitter: @aircrackng

usage: hostapd-wpe [-hdBKtvskc] [-P <PID file>] [-e <entropy file>] \
         [-g <global ctrl_iface>] [-G <group>]\
         [-i <comma-separated list of interface names>]\
         <configuration file(s)>
....

No I only installed the security version and once installed, i just changed the wallpaper and installed some other tools from GitHub but maybe i messed with something. But anyway, thank you so much for your effort :slight_smile:

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Hiya, check this out: Install hostapd-wpe on Parrot OS - mimilove_exe - Medium

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When I run the command sudo dpkg -i hostapd-wpe_2.9+git20190816-0kali2_amd64.deb
it returns: dpkg-deb: error: ‘hostapd-wpe_2.9+git20190816-0kali2_amd64.deb’ is not a Debian format archive
dpkg: error processing archive hostapd-wpe_2.9+git20190816-0kali2_amd64.deb (–install):
dpkg-deb --control subprocess returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
hostapd-wpe_2.9+git20190816-0kali2_amd64.deb. Thanks in advance.