• A Study of MAC Address Randomization in Mobile Devices and When it Fails

01 april 2017

Media Access Control (MAC) address randomization is a privacy technique whereby mobile devices rotate through random hardware addresses in order to prevent observers from singling out their traffic or physical location from other nearby devices.
Adoption of this technology, however, has been sporadic and varied across device manufacturers.
In this paper, we present the first wide-scale study of MAC address randomization in the wild, including a detailed breakdown of different randomization techniques by operating system, manufacturer, and model of device.