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Chef Manage Release Notes

Chef Manage provides a web-based user interface that manages Chef Infra nodes and other policy objects, such as data bags and roles, on the instance of Chef Infra Server that it’s installed on.

Chef Manage is deprecated and users should plan to migrate to Chef Automate as the replacement.


Download the latest version of the chef-manage package for your platform from Chef Downloads to your Chef Infra Server, then run:

rpm -Uvh /path/to/chef-manage-*.rpm


dpkg -i /path/to/chef-manage-*.deb


chef-manage-ctl reconfigure
chef-server-ctl reconfigure

Chef Manage 3.3.97


  • Removed the ‘My Account’ menu item in the top-right user menu. This change applies only to Hosted Chef.

Chef Manage 3.3.96

Bug Fixes

We fixed an issue introduced in Chef Manage 3.3.93 where changes made to attributes using the web UI would not persist.

To fix this issue, we’ve removed the redis-namespace Gem since it is no longer supported by Sidekiq.

Note: If you use the Redis instance shipped with Chef Manage, please review your use case to ensure this change doesn’t affect you.

Chef Manage 3.3.95


Security Improvements

  • Updated the Content Security Policy (CSP) to exclude the unsafe-eval policy, which is susceptible to common bypass techniques.


  • Removed support for Google Tag Manager.

Chef Manage 3.3.93


  • Added support for Google Tag Manager. Google Tag Manager ID can be set to manage Google Tags. (#1714 , #1718)
  • Added support for OneTrust cookie consent which can be set to display a cookie consent banner. (#1714)
  • Updated footer to include links to Privacy Policy & Cookie Policy. (#1705)
  • Updated logo to reflect current Progress Chef brand. (#1705)


Security Improvements

  • The user sign-up form now includes improved input validation. (#1690)
  • Updated password reset message (#1645)
  • Upgrade : globalid,rack,actionpack,rails (#1624)
  • Bump sidekiq from 6.5.6 to 7.0.7 (#1634)
  • Gem upgrade: rack, omnibus-software, newrelic_rpm, excon, kitchen-vagrant, spring, test-kitchen, rails-html-sanitizer, loofah, sinatra, haml, nokogiri, redis-store, timers (#1622)
  • Gem upgrade: savon, timers, redis, sidekiq, asset_sync, omnibus-software (#1490)
  • Gem upgrade: newrelic_rpm, omnibus (#1477)
  • Gem upgrade for dotenv and excon (#1459)
  • Upgrade omnibus-software and kitchen-vagrant (#1455)
  • Bump actionpack from 7.0.3 to in /src/chef-manage (#1452)
  • Bundle Dependabot PRs (#1475, #1444, #1450)
  • Bump sidekiq from 6.4.2 to 6.5.0 in /src/chef-manage (#1421)
  • Upgrade octkit, kitchen-vagrant and test-kitchen (#1430)
  • Fix release notes expeditor path (#1426)
  • Removed all the debugging code and updated the project name (#1425)

Bug Fixes

  • Updated dependency ‘mime-types-data’ to address a logging related issue. (#1717)

Chef Manage 3.3.66


Security Updates

The following version upgrades are now live with this release of Chef Manage:

Bug Fixes

Chef Manage 3.2.43

Bug Fixes

This release resolves a regression in the previous 3.2.35 release, which resulted in icons not displaying in the Manage UI.

Chef Manage 3.2.35

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Resolved deprecation warnings when running chef-manage-ctl reconfigure.

Security Updates

Improved HTTP Headers

Added stricter HTTP headers for improved security.


Updated Rails to to resolve CVE-2021-44528.

Chef Manage 3.2.20


Ruby 2.7.5

Updated Ruby from 2.7.4 to 2.7.5 to resolve the following CVEs:

  • CVE-2021-41817
  • CVE-2021-41816
  • CVE-2021-41819

Chef Manage 3.2.13

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed rendering of the changelog from the Manage UI.
  • Refreshed many icons throughout the UI.

Security Updates

Sidekiq 6.3.1

Upgraded the Sidekiq job queuing engine used in Chef Manage from 5.2.9 to 6.3.1 to resolve CVE-2021-30151.

Improved HTTP Headers

Chef Manage now includes Referrer-Policy and Permissions-Policy HTTP headers for improved security.

Chef Manage 3.1.83

Bug fixes

  • Fixed 500 error while loading change log url introduced in 3.1.80

Chef Manage 3.1.80


The Chef Manage UI has received minor updates to branding, emails, and external URLs:

  • Links lead to the latest pages
  • Brand logos match Chef Infra Client / Chef Infra Server
  • Community Slack replaces the link to the defunct IRC channel
  • Chef Questions replaces the legacy mailing list

Package Improvements

Smaller Package Size

The Chef Manage packaging is optimized, reducing both the package and the on-disk install size by half.

RHEL 6 Package Removal

Chef Manage packages are no longer produced for EOL RHEL 6.

RPM Package Digests

The file digest in Chef Infra RPM packages is updated from M5 to SHA256 to prevent installation failures on some FIPS-enabled systems.

Security Enhancements

User Signup Enhancements

Users can no longer change their email during the signup process to avoid validation.

MTLS Support

Support MTLS in Chef Infra Server

E-mail Verification

User email verification is enforced for all user email address changes.

Ruby 2.7.4

Updated Ruby from 2.6.6 to 2.7.4 to resolve a large number of bugs as well as the following CVEs:

  • CVE-2021-28966
  • CVE-2021-28965
  • CVE-2020-25613
  • CVE-2021-31810
  • CVE-2021-32066
  • CVE-2021-31799


Updated the Rails framework used by Chef Manage from to This new release includes performance improvements, new capabilities, and resolves the following CVEs:

  • CVE-2021-22902
  • CVE-2021-22903
  • CVE-2021-22885
  • CVE-2021-22904

OpenSSL 1.0.2zb

Updated OpenSSL from 1.0.2w to 1.0.2zb to resolve issues with Let’s Encrypt certificates and to resolve CVE-2021-3712.


Updated the cacerts bundle to the 2021-09-30 release, which removes older expired root certificates and adds the following new root certificates:

  • GlobalSign Root R46
  • GlobalSign Root E46
  • ANF Secure Server Root CA
  • Certum EC-384 CA
  • Certum Trusted Root CA

nokogiri 1.12.5

Update the nokogiri gem to 1.12.5 to resolve CVE-2021-41098.

libarchive 3.5.2

Update the libarchive library from 3.4.3 to 3.5.2 to resolve security vulnerabilities in libarchive’s handling of symbolic links.

Chef Manage 3.0.16

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issues adding cookbook constraints to an environment.
  • Fixed errors when changing a node’s environment.
  • Fixed incorrect cookbook versions being displayed in environments.
  • Fixed a blank page being shown when refreshing the databag item page.

Ubuntu 20.04 Support

We added Ubuntu 20.04 packages and continue to support Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 packages.

Dependency Updates

  • Embedded Chef Infra Client is upgraded from 14 to 15
  • Sidekiq is upgraded from 4.2.10 to 5.2.9

Security Updates

Ruby 2.6

We updated Chef Manage’s Ruby installation from 2.5.5 to 2.6.6. This upgrade improves the performance of the application and resolves the following CVEs:


We updated OpenSSL from 1.0.2u to 1.0.2w to resolve CVE-2020-1968.


We updated the Rack gem used in Chef Manage from 2.0.9 to 2.2.3 to resolve CVE-2020-8184.


We updated the Rails engine used in Chef Manage from to to resolve CVE-2020-15169.

Chef Manage 3.0.11

This release includes important dependency updates and support for SSL connections to the Chef Infra Server.

Dependency Updates

  • Rails is upgraded to 5.2.4
  • Chef Infra Client is upgraded from 11 to 14
  • Sidekiq is upgraded from 2.5 to 4 to improve the background processing

SSL Support

Chef Manage 3.0 now supports SSL communication between Chef Manage and Chef Infra Server. For compatibility with self-signed certificates which are commonly used on the Chef Infra Server, this feature defaults to off in this release.


The SSL support is configured using these settings in the /etc/chef-manage/manager.rb configuration file. After any changes you must run sudo chef-manage-ctl reconfigure to apply the changes.

ssl_verify_mode: Configure SSL verification for the connection to the Chef Infra Server. By default this is set to :verify_none. Setting this to :verify_peer will require a Chef Manage to verify the SSL certificate of the Chef Infra Server.

trusted_certs_dir: Provide a path to a directory containing trusted SSL certificates. This is empty by default, but /etc/chef/trusted_certs is the most likely setting for reusing certificates installed by Chef Infra Client.

Bug Fixes

  • Generating a Knife Config now produces a config.rb instead of knife.rb file. These files have the same format and contents, but config.rb has been the preferred file name since Chef Infra Client 12.0.
  • Minor UI bug fixes

Supported Infra Server Versions

Chef Manage 3.0 is compatible with Chef Infra Server 12 and later. Users are always encouraged to stay up to date on Chef Infra Server releases to ensure they have the latest security updates.

Added Platform Support

  • RHEL 7
  • RHEL 8
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 18.04

Removed Platform Support

  • Ubuntu 10.04
  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • Ubuntu 14.04

Chef Manage 2.5.16

Dependency Updates

  • Embedded Chef Infra Client upgraded from 12.19.36 to 12.22.5

Chef Manage 2.5.15

Bug Fixes

  • Replaced links to the legacy IRC channel with links to Chef Community Slack.
  • Allow uppercase letters to be used in data bag names.
  • Hide the reporting tab when Chef Reporting is not installed on the system.

Security Updates

  • Added Strict-Transport-Security headers to all pages.
  • Sanitized HTML errors in JSON error output to prevent possible reflected XSS in the case of script tags being passed in as part of the URL of a JSON request.

Chef Manage 2.5.8

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Chef Manage 2.5.4

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Chef Manage 2.5.3

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Chef Manage 2.5.1

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Chef Manage 2.5.0

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Chef Manage 2.4.5

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Chef Manage 2.4.4

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Chef Manage 2.4.3

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Chef Manage 2.4.2

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Chef Manage 2.4.1

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Chef Manage 2.4.0

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Chef Manage 2.3.0

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Chef Manage 2.2.1

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Chef Manage 2.2.0

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Chef Manage 2.1.2

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Chef Manage 2.1.1

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Chef Manage 2.1.0

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