The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of 
PacketFence 4.0.2. This is a minor release with some new features, enhancements 
and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use 
and upgrading from 4.0.1 is strongly advised.

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.

Changes Since Previous Release


Replaced bind with pfdns - PacketFence's own DNS server
Rewrote Oauth2 support (based on ipset sessions)
New counters bellow line graphs of reports
Support for anonymous bind in LDAP authentication sources
Added support for date and time conditions in authentication sources
Added "is not" condition on connection type
Extend simple search of nodes to match MAC, owner and computer name
Added search and display of the a user’s telephone number
Can now have multiple external authentication sources
Increased speed of loading configuration from the cache
Each portal profiles can now use a list of authentication sources
A switch definition can now be easily cloned
Switches are now ordered by IP address
Bug Fixes

Re-evaluate network access when changing a node status
Re-evaluate network access when closing a violation
Missing unit when interval is zero
Switch with empty inlineTrigger rises an exception
Web admin sets triggerInline while libs expect inlineTrigger
Condition on user email doesn’t work for email sources
Sponsors can’t be validated
Node search by person name is broken (#1652)
Can’t enable VoIP from switch configuration form (#1663)
Maximum number of nodes per user is not respected by role
Routed networks are not properly sorted (#1666)
Can’t edit notes of a node (#1667)
pfdetect_remote and pfarp_remote fix
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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