Open source NAC system PacketFence 1.8.6 released

PacketFence is a free and open source network access control (NAC) system. It can be used to effectively secure networks – from small to very large heterogeneous networks. PacketFence has been deployed in production environments where thousands of users are involved – on wired and wireless networks.

PacketFence provides an impressive list of supported features. Among them, there are:

  • Registration of network components through a captive portal
  • 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 components
  • 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 Cisco, Nortel, Hewlett-Packard, Enterasys, Accton/Edge-corE, 3Com, D-Link, Intel, Dell and many more.

PacketFence 1.8.6 is a maintenance release which focuses on stability and includes many bug fixes and several small enhancements. New features:

  • New iPod UserAgent blocking string examples
  • Snort 2.8.5 compatibility
  • Expire mode deadline now works in vlan isolation mode
  • Installation guide updated.

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