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Picking a MAC address for a FreedomBox
Posted Dec 6, 2012 12:30 UTC (Thu) by njwhite (subscriber, #51848)
One could also imagine such a database being a worthwhile target for skilled attackers.
But yes, John was talking about sending MAC addresses and getting locations back. Which would certainly be useful for tracking the movement of devices.
Posted Dec 8, 2012 15:35 UTC (Sat) by felixfix (subscriber, #242)
Posted Dec 8, 2012 15:42 UTC (Sat) by felixfix (subscriber, #242)
Posted Dec 6, 2012 19:45 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
However, Apple devices tend to use the MAC address as a device identifier (it is after all a unique value for each device), and they make extensive use of that unique value in their apple proprietary infrastructure.
One of the 'hacks' that has happened 'recently' was someone noticed that accessing iDevice info on the ATT website used the MAC address in the URL, changing the MAC address provided gave you access to other people's information.
I don't know anyone other than Apple that does this same thing.
Posted Dec 9, 2012 16:08 UTC (Sun) by bboissin (subscriber, #29506)
Looking at the freedombox website, it's not even clear they can be used as a wireless access point.
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