ANNOUNCING: PacketFence 5.3.0

The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of 
PacketFence 5.3.0. 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

        • Support for Single Sign-On integration with the iboss platform
        • Support for web authentication for NATed clients
        • Support for MAC Authentication and 802.1x for Alcatel-Lucent switches
        • Support for the IBM StackSwitch G8052 switch


        • New Powershell scripts to allow unregistering nodes for disabled 
accounts on Active Directory
        • Force a JSON response if the Accept header is set to 
        • Fingerbank processing in pfdhcplistener is now asyncronous using the 
        • Integration of pfconfig commands in bin/pfcmd
        • Added web form registration to Ruckus Controllers
        • Improved database maintenance script to prevent prolonged locking of 
        • Active/Active mode will now send gratuitous ARPs to update routers 
when changing master node

Bug Fixes

        • Fixed multiple XSS vulnerabilities in the administration GUI
        • Fixed incorrect RADIUS realm detection when using windows computer 
        • Fixed an issue with pfdns returning the wrong IP when using 
active/active mode
        • Fixed an issue on Debian and Ubuntu where the GUI could not change 
some field values
        • Fixed incorrect graphite document root on Ubuntu
        • Fixed SMS bug where the list of carriers could be accidentally deleted

See for 
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 

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.

Louis Munro  :: 
+1.514.447.4918 x125  :: +1 (866) 353-6153 x125
Inverse inc. :: Leaders behind SOGo ( and PacketFence 

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