The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 5.0.0. This is a major release with new features, enhancements and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use and upgrading from previous versions 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) capabilities
 * state-of-the art devices fingerprinting with Fingerbank
 * multiple enforcement methods including Role-Based Access Control
   (RBAC) and hotspot-style
 * compliance checks for endpoints present on your network
 * integration with various vulnerability scanners, intrusion detection
   solutions, security agents and firewalls
 * bandwidth accounting for all devices

A complete overview of the solution is available from the official website:http://www.packetfence.org/about/overview.html


     Changes Since Previous Release

*New Features*

 * New active/active clustering mode. This allows HTTP and RADIUS load
   balancing and improves availability
 * Fingerbank integration for accurate devices fingerprinting. It is
   now easier than ever to share devices fingerprinting.
 * Built-in support for StatsD. This allows fine grained performance
   monitoring and can be used to create a dashboard using Graphite
 * Local database passwords are now encrypted using bcrypt by default
   on all new installations. The old plaintext mode is still supported
   for legacy installations and to allow migration to the new mode
 * Devices can now have a "bypass role" that allows the administrator
   to manage them completely manually. This allows for exceptions to
   the authorization rules
 *

   Support for ISC DHCP OMAPI queries. This allows PacketFence to
   dynamically query a dhcpd instance to establish IP to MAC mappings

*Enhancements*

 * Completely rewritten pfcmd command. pfcmd is now much easier to
   extend and will allow us to integrate more features in the near future
 * Rewritten IP/MAC mapping (iplog). Iplog should now never overflow
 * New admin role action USERS_CREATE_MULTIPLE for finer grained
   control of the admin GUI. An administrative account can now be
   prevented from creating more than one other account
 *

   PacketFence will no longer start MySQL when starting

 *

   PacketFence will accept to start even if there are no internal networks

 * Added a new listening port to pfdhcplistener to listen for
   replicated traffic
 * Added a user named "default" in replacement of the admin one
 *

   Adds support for HP ProCurve 2920 switches

 * Iptables will now allow access to the captive portal from the
   production network by default
 * Major documentation rewrite and improvements

*Bug Fixes*

 * Fixed violations applying portal redirection when using web
   authentication on a Cisco WLC
 * Registration and Isolation VLAN ids can now be any string allowed by
   the RFCs
 * Devices can no longer remain in "pending" state indefinitely

Seehttps://github.com/inverse-inc/packetfence/commits/packetfence-5.0.0for the complete change log.

See the UPGRADE file for notes about upgrading:https://github.com/inverse-inc/packetfence/tree/packetfence-5.0.0/UPGRADE.asciidoc


     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:http://www.packetfence.org/development/sourcecode.html

Documentation about the installation and configuration of PacketFence is also available:http://www.packetfence.org/documentation/


     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 tosupp...@inverse.ca <mailto:supp...@inverse.ca>

You can also fill our online form (http://www.inverse.ca/#contact) 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.

--
Ludovic Marcotte
lmarco...@inverse.ca   ::  +1.514.755.3630  ::http://inverse.ca
Inverse inc. :: Leaders behind SOGo (http://sogo.nu) and PacketFence 
(http://packetfence.org)

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