The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence v8.1. This is a major release with new features, enhancements and 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 dynamic PSK (Cisco IPSK) for the Cisco WLC and
   hostapd (PR #3244)
 * Added Ubiquiti Unifi web authentication and 802.1X support
 * Added support for Cambium AP module for 802.1X, MAC and web
   authentication (PR #3282)

   Added support for OpenWRT 17.01.4 / hostapd (PR #3008)

 * Change root portal module on failure/success
 * Save already entered field on the portal (chain auth)
 * Custom message for SMS registration
 * Expire SMS pin code
 * Define the length of the pin code
 * Enable or disable sponsor authentication when he validates access
   (PR #2995)


 * Allow connection profiles to be enabled/disabled (PR #3175)
 * Add new portal module action that wraps the default actions a module
   would normally execute (fixes #3231)

   Improved startup time of PacketFence (PR #3213)

 * Fix local/reject realm for eduroam in standalone configuration (PR
 * Allow subsecond timeouts for LDAP connections
 * Allow randomization of the search order for a list of LDAP servers
 * IP exclusion is now possible in the DHCP server
 * Allow max node per role when doing autoregistration
 * Moved unregister on accounting stop parameter on the connection profile
 * VLAN filters can be set to ${node_info.category} and it will return
   the current category of the device
 * The database load-balancer now listens on the cluster management IP
 * Allow to update switches while importing them via CSV
 * Golang-based pfdetect service (PR #3260)

*Bug Fixes*

 * Netdata never ending restarts after a reboot (#3287)
 * Systemd PID file causes issues when there is a stale PID file (#3291)
 * Fixes when a LDAP authentication source contains multiple IP
   addresses (#3234)
 * Added missing DHCP Statistics for routed networks on the dashboard

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.

Ludovic Marcotte  ::  +1.514.755.3630  ::
Inverse inc. :: Leaders behind SOGo (, PacketFence 
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