PacketFence 1.8.7 released!

The Inverse Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 1.8.7. This is a security fix release which also includes some bug fixes.

=== What is PacketFence ? ===

PacketFence is an open-source network access control (NAC) system which provides an impressive list of supported features. Among them, there are:

* Registration using a captive portal
* Detection of abnormal network activities using Snort
* Proactive vulnerability scans using Nessus
* Isolation of problematic devices
* Remediation through a captive portal
* 802.1X for wired and wireless networks
* Wireless integration for all provided features
* DHCP fingerprinting and more!

A set of screenshots is available from and a set of videos is available from

=== Changes Since Previous Release ===

Bug fixes
* SECURITY: Fixed "username" Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability (#884)
* Fixed issues with Aruba Controller (#871, #873)
* Fixed issues with multiple registration in same browser session (#761)
* Fixed issues in some wireless scenarios (#880)
* Fixed situation where a Windows 7 client would slow down captive portal
* Fixed missing dependencies in packetfence-remote-snort-sensor RPM (#881, #882)
* Fixed bad HTML in registration pages
* Clarified some error messages

... 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:

or by getting the sources from the official monotone server using the instructions at

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

=== 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 (
* 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

You can also fill our online form ( 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 2010-01-06

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