Linux-powered Packet Fence Protects Your Network
Dec 31, 2009, 14:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"PacketFence is a free and open source network access control
(NAC) system. This Linux-based application primarily provides
network access control, monitoring, and intrusion detection. It
gives you several network protection features, which includes the
" * Captive portal: Can be used to require users to login before
using the network or to present instructions to a user on a web
page, blocking all other network traffic, when a problem is
* Malware detection and alerting: Along with internal features,
PacketFence can work with remote sensors like from Snort.
* Vulnerability scans with Nessus: Can use the external Nessus
program to periodically run vulnerability scans.
* Isolation of problematic devices: One of the several isolation
techniques PacketFence support is VLAN isolation (with VoIP
support), where problematic clients would be moved to a designated
VLAN. Switches from many vendors are supported.
* DHCP fingerprinting: Used to automatically allow or disallow
specific device types (such as VoIP phones or Wi-Fi equipped game
"In this tutorial, we'll see how to set up and get started with