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[liberationtech] [guardian-dev] Randomize MAC of Android phone?

Timur Mehrvarz timur.mehrvarz at
Sun Oct 27 07:15:12 PDT 2013

On 24.10.2013 20:48, coderman wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 5:23 AM, Timur Mehrvarz
> <timur.mehrvarz at> wrote:
>> ...
>> The Android Wifi kernel drivers seem to not implement the functionality
>> behind 'ifconfig wlan0 hw ether' (what is behind the ioctl call being
>> used by ifconfig).
> i've had success with HTC, LG, and Samsung devices. less so with
> Motorola or newer hardware.

Can you name the device models you had success with? Maybe explain how
you changed the MAC address on those? Is it always the same procedure?

> this is not really the kernel itself, but rather the wifi chipset - a
> new kernel on the devices you're having trouble with won't fix this
> ioctl.
> unfortunately this problem is getting worse, not better.

Hmm, I see. In this case it would be really good to have a
positive/negative list in regard to Wifi chipsets.

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