windows mac changers, wifi tools, and firewalls

There are a ton of different tools and ways to change your MAC address, let alone simply doing it manually. Here’s a few I’ve accumulated notes about over the past 6 months.
Macshift is a standalone C++ tool run via the command line. Does what it should do!

Technitium is probably the Mercedes of mac changers, sporting tons of information in the GUI and also being scriptable.

Smac is also a old favorite I see mentioned a lot, but the eval version is slightly limited. For such a small tool, I just don’t believe in shelling out money for it.

Speaking of Windows tools, Wirelesskeyview is a quick .exe (no installation required) that will pull out wireless network keys and display them for you. I’m sure these are just stored in a registry entry somewhere and, if encrypted at all, are like just rot13, but still this tool makes life easy.

Heck, I’ll stick with Windows for this whole post. The Windows firewall is still daunting to manage or maintain for most people, even those of us who are comfortable with firewalls! This kb article from Microsoft is surprisingly detailed. I especially like the last section on enabling and checking the logging of dropped packets. Combine this with a tail program and it might turn a spare WinXP box into a network tripwire-like device.

Yesterday I posted a few OS fingerprinting tools. I missed one I had in my box called Satori. This looks like a quick effort that may not be regularly updated, but is a passive OS fingerprinter for a few OS types. I’ve not had a chance to try this out yet as my Windows machines at home are limited, but it might be fun to try, even if it doesn’t make any toolboxes. A related paper on the site is also interesting.

3 thoughts on “windows mac changers, wifi tools, and firewalls

  1. windows mac changers have been around since the early 90’s.
    my first mac was a iicx but then i installed windows 3.0 on my 286 later that year and stopped using the mac until i got netbsd installed on it.
    then i installed 386bsd on my 386 which was preferred. my 486 dual-booted sls linux and win95 until slackware came out, but i grew tired of linux before redhat was first released and went to freebsd 2.2.2 when it came out. i stayed with freebsd for a very long time on the desktop(at least until windows 2000 came out) as well as for my home server(s)/firewall(s), and wanted mac os x to eventually replace it as my desktop OS.
    i got a macmini (original, but overclocked) because that was the right price for a mac compared to the rest of the industry at the time and because my roommate left it to me when he moved out in lieu of rent. usually they are too expensive for what they do. i found mac os x to be useful in making music, but not much else. the security is atrocious.
    i mostly just use wm5 now, at least until the xv6800 comes out (well the htc mogul is already available from sprint, but sprint locks their phones and i want the mobility to go between verizon, cricket, and alltel). i don’t see the point in having a desktop or laptop anymore, and my primary computer has been a pdaphone or smartphone since the samsung i600 came out (i have the samsung i730 now). on the desktop (well, thin-client) at work, i use ltsp with centos.
    so really, i went mac -> windows -> bsd -> linux -> windows -> bsd -> windows -> mac -> windows -> linux

  2. Hey, LV…good stuff. Thanks for posting. I’m writing a forensic preprocessor for Windows systems, to parse the Registry, and the MAC address is one of the values I look for…

  3. Ok but someone know a change mac address soft to use on a pocket pc?? to use in OS systems like WM5? I was searching in internet but I didnt find any program…

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