Open source software company Inverse released the
version 1.9.1 of PacketFence.
PacketFence is a fully supported, trusted, Free and Open Source
network access control (NAC) system running on Linux. Boasting an
impressive feature set including a captive-portal for registration
and remediation, centralized wired and wireless management, 802.1X
support, layer-2 isolation of problematic devices, integration with
the Snort IDS and the Nessus vulnerability scanner; PacketFence can
be used to effectively secure networks - from small to very large
PacketFence provides an impressive list of supported features.
Among them, there are :
Registration of network components through a captive
Automatic isolation, if desired, of unwanted devices such as
Apple iPod, Sony PlayStation, wireless access points and more
Instant stopping of computer worms or virus propagation
Blocking of attacks on your servers or other network
Compliance for computers present on your network (software
installed, particular configurations, etc.)
PacketFence is an unobtrusive solution that works with equipment
from many vendors (wired or wireless) such as Amer, Aruba, Cisco,
Nortel, Hewlett-Packard, Enterasys, Extreme Networks,
Accton/Edge-corE/SMC, 3Com, D-Link, Intel, Dell and many more.
Changes in this release are added support for ExtremeNetworks
XOS-based switches and Nortel ESR-2500 switches in port-security
with VoIP. Access control capabilities were added to the
PacketFence administrative interface. PacketFence's captive portal
is now over 20 times faster than before and many other speed
improvements were added. The overall documentation has been
perfected and new DHCP fingerprints were added.