ANN: PacketFence 4.0

The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of 
PacketFence 4.0. This is a major release bringing a brand new web 
administrative interface, several shiny new features, enhancements, and bug 
fixes. 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 
Bandwidth accounting for all devices
A complete overview of the solution is available from the official website.

Important upgrade notice

Upgrading an old version of PacketFence to v4 will be quite an endeavor. While 
it’s entirely possible if done meticulously, we suggest you start from scratch 
and move your customizations and nodes information over to your new 
installation. Read the UPGRADE.ascii file if you consider upgrading an existing 

Changes Since Previous Release

PacketFence 4.0 introduces a brand new modern, fast and responsive web 
administrative interface. It also simplifies the definition of authentication 
sources in one place and allows dynamic computation of roles. The portal 
profiles can now be entirely managed from the web interface, simplifying their 
definitions and eliminating possible configuration mistakes. Using a 
centralized caching system, configuration is now propagated instantaneously - 
absolutely no downtime required!

Here are the glory details:

New Features

Brand new Perl-based Web administrative interface using the Catalyst framework
New violation actions to set the node's role and deregister it
Support for scanning dot1x connections for auto-registration by EAP-Type
Support for auto registering dot1x node based of the EAP-Type
New searchable MAC Addresses module to query all existing OUI prefixes
New advanced search capabilities for nodes and users
New memory object caching subsystem for configuration files

Authentication sources can now be managed directly from the GUI
Roles (previously called categories) are now computed dynamically using 
authentication sources
Portal profiles and portal pages are now managed from the GUI
Fingerprints and User Agents modules are now searchable
Translated all remediation pages to French
Updated Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish translations
Ubuntu packages (12.04/Precise)
See the ChangeLog file for the complete list of changes and the 
UPGRADE.asciidoc file for notes about upgrading.

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 or by getting 
the sources.

Documentation about the installation and configuration of PacketFence is also 

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.
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