Your MAC Address Randomization attempts are futile!

The following paper explains why.

Why MAC Address Randomization is not Enough:
An Analysis of Wi-Fi Network Discovery Mechanisms

The above interesting paper has been found by HulaHoop and added to Whonix MAC address documentation.

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Patrick Schleizer
Developer and maintainer at Whonix
Patrick started developing Whonix, the Anonymous Operating System in 2012, when quickly others joined efforts. He collected experiences working pseudonymous on Whonix for two years, enjoys collaboratively working on privacy preserving software.

Patrick started developing Whonix, the Anonymous Operating System in 2012, when quickly others joined efforts. He collected experiences working pseudonymous on Whonix for two years, enjoys collaboratively working on privacy preserving software.

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  1. Patrick says:
  2. torjunkie says:

    Hi Patrick,

    Yes - and your chats in the link below were interesting.

    github.com/QubesOS/qubes-issues

    Issue: MAC Randomization for iwlwifi

    opened by marmarek on 2015-03-08
    Reported by andrewb on 6 Dec 2014 03:15 UTC
    See https://groups.google.com/d/msg/qubes-users/Yo73MZC4038/a5ONmKpLB5YJ -- qubes-users subject "MAC randomization experiments":
    On 07/17/14 13:51, Joanna Rutkowska wrote:
    
    On...
    
    C: other enhancement help wanted P: major privacy

    Good to see some progress has been made on this issue via Bugzilla (June). There are so many weaknesses with wi-fi (see DefCon in any given year for example), that it is probably best not to use it at all.

    Out of interest, I know Whonix hides the MAC addresses from the net VM in Qubes, but for fun I tried the Qubes spoofing instructions anyway.

    The instructions below do not work for me (ethernet) when running Qubes-Whonix. It will always fail at 80% bootstrapping, despite presence of the service in the net VM, successful change of the MAC address when checked under ifconfig etc.

    https://www.qubes-os.org/doc/anonymizing-your-mac-address/

    I wonder if anybody else has had luck, or is it not meant to work at all while running Whonix concurrently. I know this is total overkill, but it is always fun to play around with :slight_smile:

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