How to Use & Abuse the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) to Locate Hosts on a Network

When joining a new network, computers use the Address Resolution Protocol to discover the MAC address of other devices on the same network. A hacker can take advantage of ARP messages to silently discover the MAC and IP address of network devices or actively scan the network with spoofed ARP requests. Why Do We Need ARP & What Does It Do? For devices to communicate on a network, they need to be able to link two important pieces of information. The first is an IP address, which you can think of like a parking space that's available on a network. The router checks to see which space is... more

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