A Media Access Control address (MAC address) is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on the physical network segment.

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Is it dangerous to post my MAC address publicly?

When posting questions, it is often quite useful to include debug output. However, it sometimes include the MAC address of my laptop, router, or both. What are the possible dangers of releasing these ...
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How can a webpage get the MAC address?

I was logged on to my router and filling out some information. I clicked a button and a field was automatically filled in with my computer's MAC address. How is this possible? Does it present a ...
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Does TCP/IP protocol offer a reliable way of determining who the actual sender was?

So I'm just poking around the TCP/IP protocol using a Ruby library called PacketFu, and it seems to me that in each packet, it is possible to set all of the following Source IP Destination IP Source ...
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Router password vs MAC filtering?

I just bought a Galaxy S4, and it didn't connect to the WIFI in my house (I have a 14$ router). After a bit of testing, I've decided to leave my connection open without a password, but added the ...
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What can the school do with my MAC address? [duplicate]

At my school they are requesting my MAC address so that I can use the schools Wi-Fi. Now I understand that the school can see what sites I am going to while I'm at school. But can the school see what ...
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Defamatory post - obtaining evidence tracing perpetrator right to his laptop

A month ago, someone posted an ad with my personal details, including my home address, my phone number and my photo on an ad with very a very defamatory write up. What followed was a week of calls ...
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How to break MAC address filtering?

If a MAC filter prevents you from connecting to a network, how can you break it or include your device's MAC in that filter?
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Devices with cryptic names and Chinese ip addresses connected to my router

Please see image. Does anyone have any idea of whats going on? They come and go as attached devices in my attached devices list. I also attached my routers log for you all to see. ...
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Security provided through MAC filtering: Wired vs. Wireless Networks

My question refers to the following article on Wikipedia: MAC Filtering. The article states: MAC filtering is not effective control in wireless network as attackers can eavesdrop on wireless ...
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Locking Linux system to work on certain hardware only

Is there a way of locking a Linux system to work with a specific (pre-defined) hardware only? I am developing a commercial product and want to make it a bit harder for someone to clone the whole ...
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What can my university see if they have my MAC address?

when i first got to my university i had to provide my MAC address to get access to the internet. What i want to know is what information can they get from having my MAC address linked to my name. i ...
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Can a website still detect my real MAC address even if I use different virtual machine each time I visit the website?

Suppose I use a proxy and a different virtual machine each time I visit a particular website, will a website still be able to detect my MAC address and/or uniquely identify me? Assume that the website ...
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Is it possible to ping a LAN card through its MAC address? [duplicate]

As you can start a PC through its 'WAKE ON LAN' feature on private networks, can you trace someone's online status through their MAC address over the internet ?
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How are shopkeepers getting the MAC address of wifi enabled smartphones?

It is clear that some big malls are tracking all the wifi-enabled mobile phones before they are connected to the network... How can this be done? I have a similar issue... how to get the MAC address ...
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Is MAC address filtering effective on a wifi router? [closed]

I want to improve the security of my home wifi. My neighbor wants to crack my Wi-Fi password with a nutcracker. I tried to activate the protection by MAC address, but now my laptop and smartphone ...
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Mac overflow (flooding)

On a recent switch, is mac flooding still a vulnerability to be careful of? If that attack is patched on most of them, then on which type of switch is it still vulnerable?
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Is it good idea to use a access point MAC address as wifi password?

I realized that one network I'm connecting with is using a MAC address of one of its interfaces. If an attacker would know that fact, could he somehow obtain the MAC address wirelessly and break ...
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Storing the MAC Address of a computer in Active Directory

I’m considering enabling WoL (Wake on LAN) on the workstations on my network. In order to boot a workstation using WoL I require its MAC address. I could store the MAC address in a database, however ...
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How does detecting promiscuous mode using an ARP test work?

I have read that we can detect whether a system is running promiscuous mode by sending out an ARP request with a fake broadcast address e.g FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FE.This will be blocked by all NIC's ...
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Can viruses steal MAC addresses? Why is MAC address bad?

Can downloaded executables get my MAC address and send it to somewhere else? Also, why is it a security risk to have someone else use my MAC address, considering that it can be spoofed?
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How can Bank of America tell that I'm logging in on a computer I haven't used with them before?

When you sign into Bank of America for the first time on a computer that you haven't used with them before, they detect this and force you to answer one of your security questions. I think I've seen ...
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Is it possible to assign MAC-address-specific passphrases for a WiFi network?

Private network access security can be defined by a unique WPA2 passphrase to grant access to devices and MAC address filtering to control authorized devices. Nowadays mobile devices are legion, so if ...
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Deauth all users on AP except yourself

I am looking to create a small first project to further my self education into infosec. I will be putting this on my Github. My idea is to create a script that automates the process of deauthing all ...
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unknown MAC address in the LAN, DD-WRT router

I am using a linksys router with DD-WRT firmware with a WiBro internet connection, the ISP uses a hub with multiple user connected to it. The issue is that an unidentified MAC address seems to pop up ...
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Identifying device based on the MAC address

Suppose we know that MAC address A belongs to a certain device (say an iPhone 5), and MAC address B also belongs to an iPhone 5. If we have a MAC address C which is in between A and B, does this ...
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What general security issues could arise from using UUID version 1 which exposes the MAC address?

I'm coding GENERIC_WEB_SERVICE, which could potentially be running as multiple instances on multiple machines down the line. I'm using UUIDs as identifiers, and haven't settled yet on whether to use ...
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Could this piece of code be harmful ?

I just wrote these 2 functions in C#.net and it can get any user's system IP and MAC address. Isn't this harmful since I got help from microsoft documentation. Could these lead to potential damage or ...
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How can Port Stealing be used as a MiTM attack?

I read about and tried a lot of MiTM attacks but I just don't get how Port Stealing can be used as a MiTM attack. In my understanding one can "steal" a Port by sending Ethernet Frames faking the ...
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Is another MAC address generated when a wireless is created using the same device for LAN?

I notice that the devices listed on the wireless system listed a MAC address that is supposed to be the router but it is not the same # that is on the router case. It differs by one one digit, ...
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How to bypass restrictive mac address filtering on home network (not malicious)

Background A short sketch of my situation before I formulate my question: I am on a large home network, which is privately administered by a couple of admins. The network consists of a lan and a ...
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Is there any way to determine the location of a laptop based on its MAC address or serial number?

If I have the MAC address and S/N of a Lenovo 3000 Laptop, is there some way for me to find exact street location of this laptop ? This machine was stolen from me last year and was my back up machine ...
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In a LAN environment, can you fake the IP address while also being able to receive the response?

Looks like nmap could fake source IP address, and getting a valid response, but only in LAN environment. I'm not sure how it works, here's my thought, You created a packet with fake IP address and a ...
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How to allow only some specific computer systems to access website? [duplicate]

I need a process to allow only certain computer systems access to the website irrespective of the network they are using. Much like a Licensing system, I can provide a private key or something ...
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Does a VPN Provider Know My MAC Address?

I know MAC is a layer 2 address, so it's only sent to the next router in the chain. Does a VPN provider get that information when I'm connected to their service? Is their router considered the next ...
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Reasons for gathering MAC address list

Suppose there is a password-secured WiFi network that exists to provide users with Internet access only. Edit: Consider a guest/mobile-BYOD network as an example. Since filtering access to a WiFi ...
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Is there a way to identify the location of a person trying to intrude your wifi network? my wifi router is picking up his attempts

Aug 30 20:28:09 dropbear[6799]: Child connection from ::ffff:5.10.69.82:38463 Aug 30 20:28:11 dropbear[6799]: login attempt for nonexistent user from ::ffff:5.10.69.82:38463 Aug 30 20:28:12 ...
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Static MAC address on Switches and routers

I was having a discussion with a friend of mine in IS industry and he insisted that setting static MAC addresses (i.e. port security) on devices were a effective way to block MAC spoofing. I found ...
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How to prevent DHCP Starvation attack?

All this while, I assumed that switchport security is enough to prevent DHCP dos attack. If I set it maximum 1, there can be no more mac addresses packets. But, a friend told me that using the tool, ...
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MAC spoof not working?

I have set up our home router to only allow certain MAC addresses to connect. One way to test if the filter is working is to spoof a MAC address not in the list and trying to connect to the router. So ...
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How to view which mac addresses are connected to some AP?

I set up an open AP. I know I can view mac addresses of connected users via AP's console (local console). this is not what I need. I use tool like Netstumbler or inSSIDer on my Win 7 machine to see ...
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Can changing a MAC address give an attacker more leverage in a network?

Security lessons force us to use limited users (Standard User) on Windows networks. I found that an administrator account can change his MAC address from Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network ...
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Is there any security in locking down a router by MAC address for wired clients?

At our office we have a router on the table, and the powers that be want to lock it down by MAC address to stop people from plugging in cables for other computers i.e. intruders. Given that resetting ...
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How to setup an internal firewall

I'm hoping to get some advice on a project I've been asked to look after at work. I do all of the IT for a small company that sits inside of a larger corporation. We need to prevent access to ...
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How does Amazon Fire TV know my name/account? [closed]

I bought a Fire TV stick and inserted it into the HDMI-port of my TV. I was presented with a dialog to select my wireless router so it can connect online. Just after I did that, it asked me if I am ...
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How to retrieve the MAC address of a remote IP [closed]

I have an IP address, and I want to find the corresponding MAC address. The IP address is in the same city, so we're connecting to the same network. How do I find the corresponding MAC address?
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help identifying an IP address from email sent from my gmail account

Someone sent the following email from my gmail account. I believe it was hacked and if I can find the IP address I may be able to identify the person who did it. Here is the information. Please let me ...
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MAC-address restricted port forwarding

I have an ASUS RT-AC68U router and would like to set up port forwarding, but I would like to restrict which MAC addresses can connect through that port. My use case is that I'll have a live camera, ...
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Is it possible to spoof the mac address of a wireless adapter so that windows sees the spoofed mac as the physical?

I know that its possible to spoof a mac address out to a network. But is it possible to spoof the address, so that the Windows operating system and applications running on Windows see a spoofed ...
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Tracing stolen android tablet via MAC address [closed]

I lost my tablet , but I can see that the tablet is connected to the network on my router: :So I know the MAC address but I am unable to trace my tablet using this information and I am running out of ...
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Identification info that my wireless card sends to the (wifi) network

Are any other identification information that my wireless card sends to the Wi-Fi network apart from the MAC address ? If so are they changeable? Let's say, for example, that I connect to a Wi-Fi ...