The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence v9. 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*

 * New web interface based on Vue.js and Bootstrap 4
 * Let's Encrypt SSL certificates support for captive portal and RADIUS
 * Cisco ASA VPN support with the captive portal
 * Fortinet VPN support
 * DHCP Filter to reply custom attributes in the OFFER and/or ACK
   (deprecate old DHCP Filter)

   Add 802.1X and CoA support for Fortinet FortiSwitch

 * Add module to support PICOS white box switches
 * Support for Aerohive access point with switch port
 * Support for Aruba Instant Access switch module
 * Debian 9 (Stretch) support



   Now including timeout when authorizing a web-auth user on an
   Ubiquiti UniFi controller

 * Now providing defaults for the Apache filters
 * Allow to configure the RADIUS attributes and their lookup order for
   extracting the username
 * conf/stats.conf has a default file now
 * VoIP configuration parameter in node_cleanup task to bypass VoIP devices
 * Adding/removing passthroughs doesn't require to restart pfdns
   anymore (#3127)

   Added support for RADIUS disconnect on Ruckus SmartZone

 * Disable Microsoft Active Directory join operating system check option
 * Disable DNS lookup in MariaDB configuration
 * Enable performance_schema if needed
 * Display local account in the captive portal during registration if
   applicable (#3615)
 * Exception for portal detecion URL in pfdns
 * Added support for Ruckus roles
 * sms_carrier 'id' column is now auto-increment (#1270/PR#3684)
 * Better logging for haproxy-portal that allows to identify missing
 * Allow to skip management node in portal load-balancing when running
   in a cluster
 * DHCP and DNS services can be enabled on a specific interface
 * VoIP support for Dell switches

*Bug Fixes*

 * Fixed the systemd logic in pfdhcp
 * Fixed winbindd respawning extremely fast when failing to start
 * Fixed winbindd processes not being killed on latest version of Samba
 * Allow disabling processing of IPv6 packets in the pfdhcplistener
 * fixed untainted variable (#3920)
 * fixed on-registration scanning (#3963)
 * Set the realm in the RADIUS request when doing machine authentication
 * Keep connections to the unified API alive
 * Fixed the documentation and the form for the Juniper SRX firewall

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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