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Date:      Tue, 19 Dec 2006 13:19:57 -0500
From:      Nathan Vidican <nvidican@wmptl.com>
To:        Koen Martens <fbsd@metro.cx>
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: unique hardware identification
Message-ID:  <45882D4D.3030300@wmptl.com>
In-Reply-To: <4587F6F1.1050000@metro.cx>
References:  <4587F6F1.1050000@metro.cx>

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Koen Martens wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> I was wondering, if something like a unique hardware identification
> would be possible on FreeBSD.
>
> I'd like a machine to authenticate to a server, for which it will
> need a unique identification. Problem is, it should be generated
> automatically and not easy to fake / detect without already having
> root access to the box.
>
> I'm thinking of something like combining serial numbers from
> CPU/disks for example, but there does not seem to be a clear way to
> obtain these (not all cpu's even have a serial number in there).
>
> I am just inquiring if someone on this list has an idea that might
> help with this problem.
>
> Gr,
>
> Koen
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>   

Might I suggest, that if the software requires network usage - simply 
identify by mac address. A lot of software we use now, accesses a 
license server via the network, and authenticates clients based on their 
MAC address, (which, allthough possible to spoof - is not easy for the 
typical end-user).


--
Nathan Vidican
nvidican@wmptl.com



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