PacketFence 1.9.1 released

The Inverse Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 1.9.1. This is a minor 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
* Extreme XOS Port Security (MAC address lockdown) and Voice over IP support (feature sponsored by Extreme Networks)
* Nortel ERS 2500 Series Port security and Voice over IP support

New Features
* Basic Access Control in the Web Administration interface (#965, Thanks to eSubnet Enterprises for their initial contribution)
* New parameters in switches.conf to manage Web Services enabled switches

Enhancements
* Captive portal performance improvements. Up to 23x on some workloads (#879)
* More than 35 new DHCP fingerprints (Thanks to Eric Kollmann and Sam Winottai!)
* Improved Nessus failed scan error reporting (partial fix for #1032)
* Better error reporting on Cisco ISR 1800
* Added some documentation for Cisco (2960, 3550) and Aruba in the SNMP modules
* Documented performance optimization regarding blocking non-browser requests in the captive portal (#1072)
* Avoiding unnecessary load where a lot of non-trap violation are used (#857)
* Updated (for clarification purpose) documentation for Cisco stacked and 4500 Series switches. (#1037)
* Error handling and error messages improvements (#1052)
* Updated documentation for FreeRadius 1.x and added some for 2.x. (#1036)

Bug fixes
* Node categories related fixes (#1063, #1056)
* Deleting a node no longer breaks paging in Web Admin (#1055)
* Max number of node per user is enforced more consistently (#1057)
* RPM packaging fixes (#1047)
* Misc fixes (#1068)

... 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-1.9.1.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 2010-09-22

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