PacketFence 3.3.0 released!

The Inverse Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 3.3.0. This is a major release with new features, new hardware support, enhancements, 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) 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

=== Changes Since Previous Release ===

New Hardware
* AlliedTelesis AT8000GS Switches using 802.1x/Mac Authentication without VoIP
* Added 802.1X/MAC Authentication support for HP 2500/2600 switches (no VoIP)
* Cisco WLC/WiSM product line now supports RADIUS Disconnect (RFC3576) to perform de-authentication

New Features
* Introduction of Role-based Access Control. Supported on AeroHIVE, Aruba, Meru and Motorola (initial implementation)
* Wireless de-authentication in Master / Local configuration supported for Aruba controllers (or other Disconnect-Message implementations)
* New guest self-registration mode: Sponsored. Guests accesses are approved through a 'sponsor'
* New guest self-registration option: Pre-registered guests. They can register in advance through the portal. Email and sponsor modes supported right now

* New database-driven custom VLAN assignment strategy example
* Slightly more helpful
* Added a virtual IP (vip) parameter for interfaces in configuration which overrides auto-detection (#1396)
* More logging
* Simplified inline mode with DNS rewrite (DNAT). Fixes several issues and annoyances. (#1374, #1387)
* New parameter available to control what information is mandatory to be provided by a guest signing-up (guests_self_registration.mandatory_fields)
* New parameter available to control default field to use as pid for guests (guests_self_registration.guest_pid)
* Node categories were moved from node into configuration on the Web Admin
* New per-category configuration to control maximum number of devices allowed per user (max_nodes_per_pid)
* Daemon startup time logged. Allows for easier troubleshooting of slow-to-restart setups.
* if VoIP is configured to be enabled and the network hardware doesn't support it, PacketFence will log a warning
* Firewall and Captive Portal more restrictive by default if you are not using guest access
* Performance improvement for the RADIUS accouting (#1414)
* New hook to make it easier to rewrite RADIUS Access-Accept packets

Bug Fixes
* Proxy Bypass issues in environment with Virtual IP (#1385)
* Cisco 2950 802.1X Reauthenticate without VoIP issue (#1388)
* RADIUS identity privacy fix (#1390)
* Cisco MAB EAP was not properly working (#1391)
* CoA RADIUS secret is lower cased (#1392)
* Username length on the Web Admin is no longer limited to 15 characters
* Potential (not-validated) cross-site scripting (XSS) in captive portal
* Mandatory MAC lookup in the self-registered guests pages
* Cancel button problems on SMS confirmation page (#1393)
* Documented the fact that you need to configure credentials in for Statement of Health (SoH) support
* Fixed port-security + VoIP support for the HP wired product line
* Minor Administration Guide updates
* Fixed CSS for mobiles devices
* This is the last release to destroy your dhcpd lease file on upgrades

* Updated Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR) translation (Thanks to Diego de Souza Lopes)

... 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 2012-04-13

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