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Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:11:54 -0400
From: Matt Brown <>
To: Theodore Ts'o <>, intrigeri <>,
 HacKurx <>
Subject: Re: Patch for random mac address

On 5/25/17 11:48 AM, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 09:31:15AM +0200, intrigeri wrote:
>> HacKurx:
>>> Because this would be useful for distributions like Tails, Subgraph
>>> OS, Kali Linux and other ...
>> For what it's worth, it's unlikely that Tails ever uses this unless it
>> can be controlled at runtime from userspace: we need to give users an
>> option to disable MAC address randomization, because it breaks network
>> connectivity in some cases.
> BTW, in case people aren't aware ---- you can set the MAC address from
> userspace already:
> Package: macchanger

Yeah I've used this program before. If you want it to always run at boot
you can write a service script for your init system of choice and set it
to run on start up.

In what way does this patch protect you more than a start up script as
described above?


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