network-manager, MAC randomization and incompatible hardware

Will Cooke will.cooke at
Tue Aug 15 13:32:51 UTC 2017

On 12 August 2017 at 14:37, Robie Basak <robie.basak at> wrote:

> I'd like to draw attention to this bug:
> "Ubuntu 17.04/17.10: New feature in
> NetworkManager stops several WiFi adapters from working (MAC Address
> Randomization issue)"

Thanks for raising this Robie.

It's our opinion that if this feature breaks things for /some/ users then
it's worth turning off for everyone. While this is a step backwards in
privacy, it's such a tricky problem for users to understand and get support
on that we think we should make it "off by default".

This can still be overridden on a per device basis by the user if desired.

Cheers, Will
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