PacketFence 1.8.5 Released
October 28, 2009

The Inverse Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 1.8.5. This is a maintenance release of PacketFence which focuses on stability and includes many bug fixes and several small enhancements.

New Hardware Support

  • Amer SS2R24i switch in linkUp/linkDown mode
  • 3Com Switch 4200G and SuperStack 4500 in port-security mode
  • Enterasys D2, Matrix N3 and SecureStack C3 in linkUp/linkDown and maclock (port-security)
  • Extreme Networks Summit X250e in linkUp/linkDown mode

New Features

  • Nessus integration with captive portal for scanning on registration
  • PacketFence is now distributed as a yum repository (avoids having the installer pull a lot of cpan modules and jpgraph)
  • normal/correct VLAN default behaviour changed (see UPGRADE for details)
  • PacketFence is now able to automatically create static routes for routed registration and isolation VLANs
  • significant performance improvement in 802.1X mode (wired and wireless) or in MAC authentication on wireless networks
  • massive documentation update (how to configure hardware, new install method, new support packages and more…)
  • blocking misbehaving user-agents on captive portal (avoid unnecessary load)
  • logging priority (INFO, WARN, ERROR) shown in log files
  • added a few utilities in addons/


  • SECURITY: fixed sensitive information leak in admin login: When password were considered invalid they were displayed
  • removed Hub violation that caused too many false positives (#793)
  • whitelisting MAC addresses more consistent across violation types (#801)
  • init script more robust (#805)
  • using temporary redirects instead of permanent ones (#757)
  • fixed crashes in corner cases (violations without triggers, config not upgraded, etc.)
  • fixed SNMPv3 trap-handling for HP ProCurve
  • fixed maclock (port-security) support on Enterasys
  • added missing dependencies
  • stability and error reporting fixes
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