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       get-oui - Fetch the arp-scan OUI file from the IEEE website


       get-oui [options]


       get-oui  fetches  the  Ethernet OUI file from the IEEE website, and saves it in the format
       used by arp-scan.

       The OUI file contains all of the OUIs (Organizationally Unique Identifiers) that have been
       registered  with  IEEE.   Each  OUI  entry  in the file specifies the first 24-bits of the
       48-bit Ethernet hardware address, leaving the remaining 24-bits for use by the registering
       organisation.  For example the OUI entry "080020", registered to Sun Microsystems, applies
       to any Ethernet hardware address from 08:00:20:00:00:00  to  08:00:20:ff:ff:ff  inclusive.
       Each OUI assignment represents a total of 2^24 (16,777,216) Ethernet addresses.

       Every  major  Ethernet  hardware  vendor  registers an OUI for their equipment, and larger
       vendors will need to register more than one.  For example, 3Com have a  total  of  37  OUI
       entries.   Organisations  that  only produce a small number of Ethernet devices will often
       obtain an IAB registration instead.  See get-iab(1) for details.

       This script can be used to update the arp-scan OUI file from the latest data on  the  IEEE
       website.   Most of the Ethernet addresses in use belong to an OUI registration, so this is
       the most important of the files that arp-scan uses to decode Ethernet hardware  addresses.
       You should therefore run get-oui occasionally to keep the arp-scan OUI file up to date.

       The OUI data is fetched from the URL and the
       output file is saved to the file ieee-oui.txt in the current directory. The URL  to  fetch
       the  data  from can be changed with the -u option, and the output file name can be changed
       with the -f option.

       The ieee-oui.txt file that is produced by this script is used by arp-scan to determine the
       Ethernet card vendor from its hardware address.

       The  directory  that  arp-scan  will look for the ieee-oui.txt file depends on the options
       used when it was built.  If it was built using the default options, then it will  look  in


       -h     Display a brief usage message and exit.

       -f <fn>
              Write the output to the specified file instead of the default ieee-oui.txt.

       -u <URL>
              Use  the  specified  URL  to  fetch  the  raw  OUI data from instead of the default

       -v     Display verbose progress messages.


              The default output file.


       $ get-oui -v
       Renaming ieee-oui.txt to ieee-oui.txt.bak
       Fetching OUI data from
       Fetched 1467278 bytes
       Opening output file ieee-oui.txt
       9274 OUI entries written to file ieee-oui.txt


       get-oui is implemented in Perl, so you need to have the Perl interpreter installed on your
       system to use it.

       get-oui uses the LWP::Simple Perl module to fetch the data from the IEEE website. You must
       have this module installed on your system for it to work. This module is available on most
       distributions, often called libwww-perl.  It is also available in source form from CPAN.

       You can use a proxy server by defining the http_proxy environment variable.


       Roy Hills <>




       arp-fingerprint(1) The arp-scan wiki page.

                                          March 30, 2007                               GET-OUI(1)