I was reading the discussion of boot times in this very forum when Viper_Security posted some output with the MAC address of his network card redacted, along with the statement "The MAC address has been redacted for obvious reasons".
In a later post, it was stated "and trust me you do NOT want to know the worst thing one can do with a MAC address is....not just anyone can spoof a MAC address ESPECIALLY on NTFS (Windows), there's an order of operations that needs to be in place before you do it, otherwise you can fry your card."
I have a few questions about this. as this doesn't seem to be a problem to me - perhaps I'm missing something though.
1. Where is the danger in exposing the mac address of a network card?
2. What's the worst thing you can do with a mac address? I can't think of anything that doesn't involve me being physically close to the network card in question and even then, it's trivial to lift the MAC address out of any network traffic
3. Destroying a card by changing it's MAC address? It's nothing more than making an amendment in the device configuration on Windows, so it seems to me that anyone can easily spoof a MAC address, especially in Windows.
Is this just hyperbole, or is there more to this than I understand? My network-fu isn't my strongest point, but I'm struggling to see where the issue is.
Edited by AnotherMindbomb, 04 November 2016 - 09:49 AM.