Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How to Change MAC Address

Changing MAC address of a machine is called spoofing a MAC address or faking a MAC address. In linux, you can change MAC address of your machine. This is how it is done.

First find the physical MAC address of your machine by running the following command :

$ ifconfig -a | grep HWaddr
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1f:f3:cc:c2:f9

The hexadecimal numbers in blue denote my machine's MAC address. Yours will be different.

Next, login as root in Linux and enter the following commands -

# ifconfig eth0 down
# ifconfig eth0 hw ether 00:11:22:33:44:55
# ifconfig eth0 up
# ifconfig eth0 | grep HWaddr

Note above that I have changed the MAC address to a different number highlighted in blue. 00:11:22:33:44:55 is the new MAC address I have provided for my Linux machine. You can choose any 48 bits hexadecimal address as your MAC address.

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