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Date:      Tue, 19 Dec 2006 13:19:57 -0500
From:      Nathan Vidican <>
To:        Koen Martens <>
Subject:   Re: unique hardware identification
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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

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