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02 August 2012, 11:58

PacketFence 3.5.0 adds new web-based configurator

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PacketFence logo One of the most notable new features in the latest major release of PacketFence is the addition of a web-based configuration interface. According to its developers, the brand new interface in version 3.5.0 of the open source network access control (NAC) system should make it even easier for users to install and configure new installations of PacketFence.

With the introduction of a new portal profile feature, administrators can now present clients on their networks with different captive web portals depending on which SSID a user connects to; further information on this is provided in the Administration GuidePDF. When PacketFence detects abnormal network activities such as malware or policy violations, it can trigger certain configurable actions for each of these – now, administrators can configure PacketFence to close additional violations when multiple violations, such as those from worms, spwyare and trojans, are detected.

Other changes include a new remediation module for SourceFire's 3D-series network security products and support for the Suricata intrusion detection system (IDS) developed by the Open Information Security Foundation. Support for additional hardware from Netgear (GS110) and Cisco (3560G and Aironet in WDS mode) has also been added. As the release improves overall performance and is considered to be production ready, the developers advise all users to upgrade.

More details about the update, including a full list of fixes and enhancements, can be found in the announcement news post and in the change log. PacketFence 3.5.0 can be downloaded from the project's releases page as source and as RPMs for versions 5 and 6 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS. Licensed under the GPLv2, PacketFence is sponsored and developed by Inverse.


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