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PacketFence 2.0.1 released!

The Inverse Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 2.0.1. This is a minor release bringing new hardware support, a couple of enhancements and bug fixes. 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
* Xirrus WiFi Arrays support (feature sponsored by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor)
* Broaden Meru Controllers support
* Extricom EXSW Wireless Switches (Controllers) support

Enhancements
* Minor improvement to command-line and Web Admin help
* Improvements to SSID lookups
* Cisco WiSM and WLC SSID now recorded (#994)

Bug fixes
* Fixed pfcmd initiated VLAN re-evaluation (#1160)
* pfdhcplistener is better at updating node IP information (#1149)
* Fixed dot11Deauthentication traps issues with pfsetvlan (#1157)
* Added missing variable in snort.conf template (#1138)
* Fixed authorized MAC method in Cisco Catalyst 2960 (#987)
* Improved error handling in pfdhcplistener (#1150)
* Fixed problems with configurator.pl generating erroneous configuration (#1148)
* installer.pl now warns on empty MySQL root password (#1146)
* Fixed node view database queries that were reporting wrong values under unknown circumstances (#1162)
* Removed some unnecessary warnings (#1065)

... 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://www.packetfence.org/downloads/PacketFence/src/packetfence-2.0.1.tar.gz

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/

=== 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.

That's it folks. Have a great day and talk to you soon!

Posted by Olivier Bilodeau 2011-01-26