PacketFence 3.5.1 released!

The Inverse Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 3.5.1. This is a minor release with enhancements and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use so upgrading to 3.5.1 is advised.

=== What is PacketFence ? ===

PacketFence is a fully supported, trusted, Free and Open Source Network Access Control (NAC) solution. Boasting an impressive feature set, PacketFence can be used to effectively secure small to very large heterogeneous networks.

Among the features provided by PacketFence, there are:

* Powerful BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) workflows
* Simple and efficient guests management
* Multiple enforcement methods with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
* Compliance checks for computers present on your network
* Integration with various vulnerability scanners and intrusion detection solutions
* Bandwidth accounting for all devices

A complete overview of the solution is available from http://www.packetfence.org/about/overview.html

=== Changes Since Previous Release ===

Enhancements
* Configuration item to notify of guest sponsorships by email: guests_self_registration.sponsorship_cc
* Developers guide was migrated from Docbook into the asciidoc format
* Important database performance improvement in VoIP and fingerprint checks
* Improved pfdhcplistener process surveillance (#1490)

Bug Fixes
* FreeRADIUS watchdog updated for 3.5.0 changes (#1514)
* debian packages improvements regarding FreeRADIUS configuration
* cosmetic fix in `pfcmd service ... status` regarding pfdhcplistener (#1515)
* Guests are not able to confirm registration in some cases - take 2 (#1302)
* Sponsored guests regressions (#1505)
* Keep the PID on node_deregister (#1501)
* Handle the release_date on violation modify (#1474)
* Billing screen does not appear when billing feature is enabled (#1525)
* Web extension point regression (#1507)
* Command parsing issue with `pfcmd person` (#1523)
* pfdhcplistener process name identifies listened to interface (#1478)
* Guest management login and authentication regressions (#1518)
* FreeRADIUS documentation aligned with current practices
* More characters are allowed in password types on CLI and WebAdmin (#848)
* illegal characters in webservices user / pass not properly escaped (#1516)

Translations
* Updated Spanish (es) translation (Thanks to Dominique Couot)
* Updated French (fr) translation (Thanks to Dominique Couot)

... 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/download/releases.html

or by getting the sources using the instructions at http://www.packetfence.org/development/sourcecode.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.

Cheers!

Posted by Olivier Bilodeau 2012-09-06