The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence v6.3.0. 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:

     Changes Since Previous Release

*New Features*

 * Added support for EAP-FAST
 * MySQL is now supported as the Fingerbank database backend
 * Integration with Cisco MSE adds maps, location based portals and
 * Added the ability to locate a device based on DHCP Option 82
 * Added support for Meraki wired switches
 * New SQL reporting allows creation of personalized reports


 * Added support for Brocade CLI RADIUS authentication

   Added support for OpenWrt Chaos Calmer 15.05 with hostapd

 * Added configuration conflict handling for active/active clusters
 * Fingerbank configuration is now cached
 * Removed the pf/var directory from the backups to make them smaller

   Fingerbank is now configurable from the initial PacketFence configurator

 * Added support for Xirrus switches CLI RADIUS authentication
 * Pinterest and Instagram are now supported as OAuth authentication
 * Support for Suricata md5 extraction over SMTP protocol
 * Added sample monit helper scripts under pf/addons
 * Added support for custom AUP template per portal module
 * Several improvements to Fingerbank to make it more user-friendly
 * Added option to export nodes and users within the web administration
 * Third parties can now extend what can be matched in profile filters

   PacketFence created interfaces will now be excluded from Red Hat’s

 * Added the ability to restrict the modification of node roles by a user

*Bug Fixes*

 * Added timeout to captive portal to prevent long running requests (#1570)
 * Do not start pfqueue processes for pfdetect if it’s not running (#1593)

See the complete change log.

See the UPGRADE 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 available:

     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 <>

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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