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       get-iab - Fetch the arp-scan IAB file from the IEEE website


       get-iab [options]


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

       The IAB file contains  all  of  the  IABs  (Individual  Address  Blocks)  that  have  been
       registered  with  IEEE.   Each  IAB  entry  in the file specifies the first 36-bits of the
       48-bit Ethernet hardware address, leaving the remaining 12-bits for use by the registering
       organisation.   For example the IAB entry "0050C2003", registered to Microsoft, applies to
       any Ethernet hardware address from 00:50:c2:00:30:00 to 00:50:c2:00:3f:ff inclusive.  Each
       IAB assignment represents a total of 2^12 (4,096) Ethernet addresses.

       Major  Ethernet  hardware  vendors  typically  use  an OUI registration rather than an IAB
       registration.  See get-oui(1) for details.

       This script can be used to update the arp-scan IAB file from the latest data on  the  IEEE
       website.   It  is relatively rare to see Ethernet addresses from IAB registrations, so the
       IAB file is not as important as the OUI file.

       The IAB data is fetched from the URL and the
       output  file  is saved to the file ieee-iab.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-iab.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-iab.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-iab.txt.

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

       -v     Display verbose progress messages.


              The default output file.


       $ get-iab -v
       Renaming ieee-iab.txt to ieee-iab.txt.bak
       Fetching IAB data from
       Fetched 230786 bytes
       Opening output file ieee-iab.txt
       1535 IAB entries written to file ieee-iab.txt


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

       get-iab uses the LWP::UserAgent 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

       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-IAB(1)