Open source NAC PacketFence 4.0 released

PacketFence is a fully supported, trusted, free and open source NAC solution.

Among the features provided by PacketFence, there are:

  • BYOD workflows
  • Guests management
  • Multiple enforcement methods including Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Compliance checks for computers present on your network
  • Integration with various vulnerability scanners and intrusion detection solutions
  • Bandwidth accounting for all devices.

PacketFence 4.0 boosts several new features:

  • Brand new Perl-based Web administrative interface using the Catalyst framework
  • New violation actions to set the node’s role and deregister it
  • Support for scanning dot1x connections for auto-registration by EAP-Type
  • Support for auto registering dot1x node based of the EAP-Type
  • New searchable MAC Addresses module to query all existing OUI prefixes
  • New advanced search capabilities for nodes and users
  • New memory object caching subsystem for configuration files
  • Ubuntu packages.


  • Authentication sources can now be managed directly from the GUI
  • Roles (previously called categories) are now computed dynamically using authentication sources
  • Portal profiles and portal pages are now managed from the GUI
  • Fingerprints and User Agents modules are now searchable
  • Translated all remediation pages to French
  • Updated Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish translations.

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