[opensource-dev] Third party viewer policy

Tigro Spottystripes tigrospottystripes at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 08:21:15 PST 2010

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actually, changing the MAC address of your network card is quite easy in
some cases (i've been using a custom MAC address for quite some time)

On 24/2/2010 11:28, Scott McCulley wrote:
> Argent,
>  From a network standpoint, the mac address is a layer two address  
> that is not seen when crossing a router to a new network. So, therer  
> is no way to see your mac address from the network packets. LL is  
> using the mac address as a unique identifier of your computer. When  
> you use the SL viewer, it can read your mac address locally, then send  
> it along to LL to be used to identify you on the grid. So if you have  
> multiple accounts that you use from the same computer, they know it is  
> you, no matter what your IP address, proxy server, or other network  
> layer protection is used.
> In the case of known griefers, LL could simply disable access from  
> that mac address that is reported by the viewer, and the person cannot  
> get back in to the grid, regardless of IP or SL account. The only way  
> is to use a completely new computer with a different mac address.
> That being said, if the developers mask the ability to read and report  
> the mac address to the LL grid, they lose the abilit to block the bad  
> guys.
> -Scott
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Feb 24, 2010, at 5:49 AM, Argent Stonecutter  
> <secret.argent at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Admittedly this is not likely to be a common scenario, but the whole
>> idea that a MAC address is a unique identifier for a device is based
>> on a deep-seated confusion about the network stack.
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