PacketFence 1.9.0 released!

The Inverse Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 1.9.0. This is a major release bringing new features, new hardware support, several enhancements, improvements to documentation and a load of small fixes. This release has been thoroughly tested in several environments and we consider it ready for production use.

We *vastly improved* our website for the 1.9.0 release. Visit it for all details:

=== 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 and a set of videos is available from

=== Changes Since Previous Release ===

* Official Linux 64 bit support

New Hardware Support
* Cisco Wireless Services Module (WiSM)
* Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR) 1800 Series
* Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series
* Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series
* Foundry FastIron 4802 Port security and Voice over IP support (feature sponsored by an entity who preferred to remain anonymous)
* HP Procurve 3400cl (tested by roelof)
* SMC SMC8824M and SMC8848M in Port Security (feature sponsored by Seattle Pacific University developed with the help of SMC)

New Features
* Node category support, you can assign different VLANs or whitelist violations based on a node's category (#968)
* Added support for Floating Network Devices (See Admin Guide for details)

* Improved error reporting in the Web administration panel and CLI (#847, #898, #899, #964, #993)
* More information available in Node Lookup (IP, DHCP lease)
* Improved database layer (more robust and logs errors)
* pfsetvlan is more resistant to configuration mistakes and reports them (#766)
* Net-SNMP 5.4 support (#940 Thanks to Maikel)
* Freeradius 2.x support (#1007)
* @ character now allowed in person id (pid). This is very common in Active Directory environment.
* New admin authentication mechanism added (disabled by default)
* New debugging features (disabled by default)
* New DHCP fingerprints
* Optional backup script in addons/ now archives old records
* New helper synchronization scripts in addons/high-availability
* Little improvements (#866, #886, #911, #916, #952, #975)

Documentation improvements
* Install guide more accurate
* Added directions to configure PacketFence in a routed environment to the admin guide
* Updated the High-Availability section with details about DRBD and HeartBeat v1
* More MySQL tips (#951)
* Fixed Procurve 2600 switch configuration (Thanks to Andrew Niemantsverdriet!)

Bug fixes
* Performance fixes (#908, #910)
* Captive portal stability fixes (#892, #961)
* Mitigated Net::Telnet problems with perl threads (#903, #907)
* Proper violation description shown in violation edit (#922)
* Fixed RPM spec to create package packetfence-remote-snort-sensor again (#888)
* Fixed PacketFence RPM upgrade bug if your version is lower than 1.8.5 (#931)
* Fixed rare port-security problems with stacked switches or switches with large ifIndex (#921)
* Fixed problems with DHCP Fingerprint submission
* Fixed call to non-existing script in pfdhcplistener (#858)
* Correct VLAN information shown in Node Lookup (#893)
* Minor corrections to the Admin Web UI
* Clarified some error messages
* Misc. stability and general fixes (#833, #885, #868, #869, #896, #923, #927, #946, #950)

... 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 2010-07-15

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