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PacketFence 2.0.0 released!

The Inverse Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 2.0.0. This is a major release bringing new features, new hardware support, performance enhancements, documentation update and other smaller changes. This release is considered ready for production use.

=== What is PacketFence ? ===

PacketFence is a fully supported, trusted, Free and Open Source network access control (NAC) system. Boosting an impressive feature set including:

* Registration and remediation through a captive portal
* Detection of abnormal network activities using Snort IDS
* Proactive vulnerability scans using Nessus
* Isolation of problematic devices
* 802.1X for wired and wireless networks
* Wireless integration for all provided features
* Supports complex and heterogeneous environments
* VoIP / IP Telephony support and more!

A set of screenshots is available from http://www.packetfence.org/tour/screenshots.html and a set of videos is available from http://www.packetfence.org/tour/videos.html

=== Changes Since Previous Release ===

New Hardware Support
* SMC TigerStack 6128 L2 support in Port Security (feature sponsored by Seattle Pacific University)
* HP ProCurve MSM710 Mobility Controller
* Meru Networks MC3000 Wireless Controller
* Juniper EX Series in MAC RADIUS (Juniper's MAC Authentication)

New Features
* Simplification of the Wireless, Wired 802.1X and Wired MAC Authentication configuration. Because of a new FreeRADIUS module and a Web Service interface, everything is now using standard PacketFence proccesses and configuration files.
* VoIP devices authorization over RADIUS (#1008)
* Proxy interception. PacketFence can now operate in an environment where there is a client-side proxy configured. Check proxy-bypass in addons/ for details. (#1035)
* Passthroughs support! You can now configure PacketFence to let your users reach specific websites even if they are in registration or isolation. (#772) (feature sponsored by Shippensburg University)
* New pf::web::custom extension point to customize the captive portal's code without the usual maintenance burden on upgrades (#1045)
* Bulk importation of nodes through CLI or Admin Web interface
* New parameter in switches.conf to ease FreeRADIUS integration
* Optional automatic configuration of FreeRADIUS' clients using switches.conf (see addons/freeradius-integration/README for details)
* New 'pending' status for node. Allows for a wide range of captive portal workflows where an administrator approves network access (by email, SMS...)

Enhancements
* New information available in Node Lookup (Connection Type, SSID, 802.1X User-Name, ...)
* FreeRADIUS module improvements (#1034) and major revamping
* Easier installation process using yum groupinstall (#1089)
* Faster Web Services layer running under mod_perl
* Refactoring of the pf::vlan method names for more meaningful ones
* Removed unnecessary database connections and duplicated code
* 802.1X improvements (#995, #1002)
* General code base improvements, refactoring (#914, #977, #1001, #973)
* Usability improvements (#1006, #820, #1075)
* Migrated to the new Emerging Threats rules for snort and added rules for botnets, malware, shellcode, trojan and worm by default (#1102)
* New DHCP fingerprints (HP ProCurve Wireless, Ricoh MFP, Cisco/Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, Trendnet, Belkin Home Wireless Routers, Sony Ericsson, Android, Aruba Access Point, Avaya IP Phone, Gentoo Linux and Fedora Linux 13)
* pfcmd_vlan's logging is now consistent with the rest of the system (#874)
* configurator.pl now handles DNS and DHCP basic configuration (#1112)

Documentation
* Merged Installation and Administration guides into a more coherent document
* New documentation about DHCP and DNS services. Now easier to manage! (#1113)
* New documentation about running in a routed environment
* Improved documentation about Snort, Oinkmaster, and log rotation in Admin Guide
* Improved documentation on violations (external remediation pages and redirect_url) in the Administration Guide

Bug fixes
* Captive Portal remediation pages can be hosted externally again! (#1024)
* Fixes to the SMC TigerStack 8824M and 8848M modules (see UPGRADE)
* No error reporting when trying to change configuration files with bad rights (#1088)
* Violation priorities are now enforced according to documentation (1 = highest)
* Wrong URL in the provided oinkmaster.conf (#1101)
* MAC addresses of format xxxx.xxxx.xxxx properly recognized in pf::util

... and more. See the ChangeLog file for the complete list of changes and the UPGRADE file for notes about upgrading. Both files are in the PacketFence distribution.

=== Getting PacketFence ===

PacketFence is free software and is distributed under the GNU GPL. As such, you are free to download and try it by either getting the new release from:

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/packetfence/packetfence-2.0.0.tar.gz?download

or by getting the sources from the official monotone server using the instructions at http://www.packetfence.org/development/source_code_repository.html

Documentation about the installation and configuration of PacketFence is available from:

http://www.packetfence.org/documentation/documentation.html

=== How Can I Help ? ===

PacketFence is a collaborative effort in order to create the best Free and Open Source NAC solution. There are multiple ways you can contribute to the project:

* Documentation reviews, enhancements and translations
* Feature requests or by sharing your ideas
* Participate in the discussion on mailing lists (http://www.packetfence.org/support/community.html)
* Patches for bugs or enhancements
* Provide new translations of remediation pages

=== Getting Support ===

For any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by writing to support@inverse.ca

You can also fill our online form (http://www.inverse.ca/about/contact.html) and a representative from Inverse will contact you.

Inverse offers professional services to organizations willing to secure their wired and wireless networks with the PacketFence solution.

Posted by Olivier Bilodeau 2010-12-15