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Fat AP and Cloud AP V200R010C00 Command Reference

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The pmf command enables the Protected Management Frame (PMF) function of a VAP.

The undo pmf command disables the PMF function for a VAP.

By default, the PMF function is disabled for a VAP.


pmf { optional | mandatory }

undo pmf






Indicates the optional mode, in which STAs can access the VAP regardless of whether the STAs support PMF or not, but the VAP encrypts only management frames of PMF-capable STAs.



Indicates the mandatory mode, in which the VAP permits access only from PMF-capable STAs.



Security profile view

Default Level

2: Configuration level

Usage Guidelines

Application Scenario

PMF is a specification released by Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) based on IEEE 802.11w standards. It aims to apply security measures defined in WPA2 to unicast and multicast management action frames to improve network credibility.

If management frames transmitted on WLANs are not encrypted, the following security problems may be introduced. PMF can address the problems.
  • Hackers intercept management frames exchanged between the APs and users.
  • Hackers pretend to be APs and send Disassociation and Deauthentication frames to disconnect users.
  • Hackers pretend to be users and send Disassociation frames to APs to disconnect the users.


The authentication and encryption mode must be WPA2–AES in the security profile.

Modifying configuration in the security profile will disconnect all users on the VAP that uses the security profile. The users need to reassociate with the VAP to go online.

The PMF function cannot be deployed on Mesh networks.


# Enable the PMF function in optional mode.

<Huawei> system-view
[Huawei] wlan
[Huawei-wlan-view] security-profile name p1
[Huawei-wlan-sec-prof-p1] security wpa2 psk pass-phrase abcdfffffg aes
[Huawei-wlan-sec-prof-p1] pmf optional
Updated: 2019-11-21

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