PacketFence 3.0.3 released!

The Inverse Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 3.0.3. This is a minor release bringing performance improvement, new hardware support, some enhancements, important bug fixes and updated translations. 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 and a set of videos is available from

=== Changes Since Previous Release ===

New Hardware Support
* Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switches in port-security
* HP Procurve 5400 now supporting MAC authentication and 802.1X (with VoIP)

* Performance improvements under stressed workloads
* Translatable remediation templates (if a translated version exists, it'll override the default)
* Guest management interface can be translated
* More documentation for service watch
* Eliminated some unnecessary warnings
* Better help in the web admin UI
* Added a new addon: - bulk node import tool
* Added a new addon: - saves configs (write mem) for the whole network (only Cisco for now)

Bug Fixes
* 802.1X broken on Cisco Catalyst 3750 (#1286)
* Pop-up windows are too small (#1078)
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 installation instructions
* Encoding on the remediation pages and on the release pages (scan, access enabled)
* SNMPv3 issues affecting all the Cisco wired product line (#1284)
* Allow incoming DHCP on management interface to track users IPs in production VLANs (as opposed to DNS added in 3.0.2)
* Node add silently fails on the Web Admin if a node already exists
* Error reporting in Web Admin breaks layout (#1290)
* Captive portal presentation glitch on the scan in progress page
* Email activation regression (#1328)
* alerting.fromaddr visible from Web Admin (#1333)
* Inline mode regression if you don't do VLAN enforcement at the same time (#1325)
* Avoiding missing session variables in SMS activation
* Minor syntax issues in the po files
* DHCP analysis on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (#1336)
* Disabling email guests would prevent SMS guest registration

* Minor update to French (fr) translation
* Updated Spanish (es) translation (Thanks to Juan Camilo Valencia)

... 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 2011-11-21

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