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Chef Workstation Release Notes

Chef Workstation 22.7.1006

Improvements

Test Kitchen

  • test-kitchen has been updated to mask the sensitive data in debug logs.
  • The kitchen-dokken plugin has been updated to read credentials from config.json when attempting to authenticate with the registry. Thanks evandam!

Bug Fixes

  • knife-tidy has been updated to address an issue where the --keep-versions flag would not account for node data. Thanks ecottom!

Backward Incompatibilities

  • The reference to the default user gem path is now updated from ~/.chefdk to ~/.chef. This is made to avoid gem loading issues in MacOS. The backward incompatibility, if any, is relevant to a prior ChefDK installation (which is EOL) and not related to Chef Workstation installation.

Chef Workstation 22.6.973

Improvements

  • Chef Workstation now includes knife-vrealize. This plugin is updated to work with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) v8.

Test Kitchen Updates

  • Updated the kitchen-ec2 plugin to include support for configuring IMDSv2. Thanks bdwyertech!
  • The state of readiness of a newly created Windows instance is now detected much faster by the kitchen-ec2 plugin. Thanks jakauppila!
  • Added support for waivers in the kitchen-inspec plugin.
  • kitchen-vcenter plugin now lets you specify multiple network interfaces while creating a VM from a template. Earlier, only one network interface could be specified.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue in Berkshelf where the berks package command returns incorrect file paths. Thanks inopinatus!
  • Fixed an issue in cookbook-omnifetch so that cached cookbooks can be used for ChefSpec testing. Thanks karmix!
  • Fixed an issue in the kitchen-vra plugin which restores the ability to specify vRA users that are not part of the default domain.
  • Fixed an issue in the kitchen-vra plugin which will allow non-administrator vRA users to execute kitchen tests. Thanks oshvarts!

Chef Workstation 22.5.923

Improvements

  • Updated the berkshelf gem to support Ruby 3.1.

Bug Fixes

Test Kitchen Updates

  • Updated the kitchen-azurerm plugin so that failures related to the zone parameter no longer appear. Thanks @jasonwbarnett!

Chef Workstation 22.4.861

Improvements

  • train-winrm added the option to allow SSL connection with certificates. In this case, the password is not required.
  • chef env now runs faster on all OSes, especially on Windows.
  • knife supermarket commands are now additionally available to execute as chef supermarket. This is a preview feature.

Chef Infra Client 17.10.0

Updated Chef Infra Client from 17.9.52 to 17.10.0. See the Chef Infra Client release notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

Test Kitchen Updates

  • kitchen-vcenter now supports adding a new network interface to the VM being cloned.
  • kitchen-vcenter now works on Windows platforms.
  • kitchen-azurerm introduces a new parameter store_deployment_credentials_in_state that defaults to true. Thanks @jasonwbarnett!

Chef InSpec 4.56.19

Updated Chef InSpec 4.52.9 to 4.56.19. See the Chef InSpec release notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

Bug Fixes

  • The parameter default_chef_server_http_client is now set when used with CookbookOmnifetch. Thanks @karmix!
  • kitchen-azurerm has temporarily disabled support for specifying a VM availability zone. This allows kitchen create to run successfully when the availability zone is not configured.

Chef Workstation 22.2.807

Improvements

Cookstyle 7.32

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.31.7 to 7.32.

  • A new Chef/Deprecations/FoodcriticFile cop detects the legacy .foodcritic configuration file used by Foodcritic
  • The Chef/Deprecations/Delivery cop has been rewritten to avoid false positives due to caching. Thanks @karmix!

Bug Fixes

  • Failures running ChefSpec when using Policyfiles have been resolved

Chef Workstation 22.2.802

New Features

New Generators for Compliance Phase

We introduced support for Compliance Phase in the chef generate command. You can now create an InSpec profile, an input file, or a waiver file using the chef generate profile, chef generate input, or chef generate waiver commands. These files are created in the compliance subfolder within the cookbook folder of your repo.

Kitchen.ci Drivers Documentation

Updated the documentation for test-kitchen plugins in the kitchen.ci website. Users no longer need to look up driver documentation for separate plugins in GitHub.

Improvements

Test Kitchen Updates

  • kitchen-vra no longer requires the version property
  • kitchen-azurerm now lets you define the zone of the VM. Thanks for this improvement @pkazi!

Chef Infra Client 17.9.52

We updated Chef Infra Client from 17.9.26 to 17.9.52. See the Chef Infra Client release notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

Cookstyle 7.31.7

We updated Cookstyle from 7.31.1 to 7.31.7. This release updates the underlying RuboCop engine used by Cookstyle to 1.25.1, fixes a number of bugs, and improves issue detection in the Chef/Modernize/CronDFileOrTemplate cop. Thanks for these improvements @yacn!

Chef CLI Updates

  • The chef push command now supports --profile option

Bug Fixes

  • Chef InSpec no longer fails when using VMware Transport.
  • The chef report cookbooks command now correctly processes options such as -p.
  • Resolved failures when using cookbooks defined in a Policyfile with ChefSpec.

Chef Workstation 22.1.778

New Features

VMware vRealize Automation Test Kitchen Support

Chef Workstation now includes the updated kitchen-vra plugin to support VMware’s vRealize Automation 8.0. See the Test Kitchen kitchen-vra documentation for more information on using this new plugin in vRealize Automation environments.

chef-run AIX Support

We updated the chef-run command for ad-hoc execution of Chef Infra Client on remote systems to support running on AIX systems. chef-run can now remotely manage Linux, macOS, Windows, Solaris, and AIX systems.

Improvements

Chef Infra Client 17.9.26

We updated Chef Infra Client from 17.9.18 to 17.9.26. This update includes a fix for failures when running the homebrew_tap resource that was introduced in 17.9.18. See the Chef Infra Client release notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

Cookstyle 7.31.1

We updated Cookstyle from 7.26.1 to 7.31.1. This new release includes the latest RuboCop engine for improved cookbook issue detection and also includes several new and updated Chef Infra cops:

  • The new Chef/Security/SshPrivateKey cop detects plain text private key content used within cookbooks that should be stored securely.
  • The new Chef/Correctness/InvalidNotificationResource cop detects incorrect syntax in resource notifications.
  • The new Chef/Correctness/InvalidCookbookName cop detects cookbook names which contain a period.
  • The new Chef/Deprecations/Delivery cop detects the use of Chef Delivery / Workflow.
  • Chef/Deprecated/CookbookDependsOnPoise now detects the usage of the poise-hoist cookbook.
  • Chef/RedundantCode/UseCreateIfMissing now examines the path property in resources to detect more problematic resources.
  • Chef/RedundantCode/UseCreateIfMissing now examines non-string values to detect more problematic resources.
  • Chef/Deprecations/DeprecatedChefSpecPlatform now detects additional legacy platform versions in ChefSpec tests.

Updated Platforms for ChefSpec Tests

We’ve updated the Fauxhai project, which provides mock platform data for use in ChefSpecs. This new release has the following platform updates:

Added support for:

  • macOS 12
  • Almalinux 8
  • Rocky Linux 8

Deprecated support for:

  • FreeBSD 11.2
  • macOS 11.0 and replaced it with 11

curl 7.81

We updated the version of the curl command-line tool bundled with Chef Workstation from 7.80 to 7.81. This new release includes a large number of bug fixes. See the curl 7.81 changelog for more information.

Backward Incompatibilities

Delivery CLI Removal

We removed the Delivery CLI tool from Chef Workstation as part of the December 31, 2020 end-of-life for Chef Workflow and Chef Delivery. Running this command will now show a warning and exit. We updated the chef cookbook generate commands so they no longer generate Workflow or Delivery content. We also added a new Cookstyle cop Chef/Deprecations/Delivery to detect cookbooks shipping with a .delivery/project.toml config.

Packaging

Native Apple M1 Packages

We now produce macOS packages for Chef Workstation macOS for Intel and M1 (ARM) architectures. The new M1 packages eliminate the need for Apple’s Rosetta framework when using Chef Workstation. We have also seen significant performance improvements with 28% faster knife command runtime on MacBook Air systems.

Chef Workstation 22.1.745

Performance

Improved Knife Performance

Improved the Knife command performance with optimizations to plugin loading. Windows users and users on non-SSD disks will see the most significant performance improvements from this update.

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client 17.9.18

Updated Chef Infra Client from 17.8.25 to 17.9.18 with improvements to YUM support in the package resource, improved detection of VMware hypervisors, and supports for HashiCorp Vault Approle authentication in the secrets helper. See the Chef Infra Client release notes for a complete list of new features and updates.

Chef InSpec 4.52.9

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.50.3 to 4.52.9 with many important fixes and improvements.

New Features
  • Added remote target support for Alpine Linux.
  • Added a CLI option for executing profiles from private Supermarkets.
  • Added the ability to specify a proxy as a parameter in the http resource.
  • Added a CLI option to set an SSH configuration file path for SSH transport.
  • Added support for TLS 1.3 to the ssl resource.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an edge case in the service resource where InSpec may falsely detect services as enabled on FreeBSD if that service is the suffix of another enabled service.
  • Fixed the ibmdb2_session resource so that it now correctly accepts queries with clauses.
  • Fixed the oracledb_session resource to properly handle nil in the query output.
  • Fixed the packages resource to list only installed packages on Alpine Linux correctly.

Cookstyle 7.26.1

Updated Cookstyle from 7.25.10 to 7.26.1. This new version includes an updated RuboCop engine with improvements for code linting. New Style/FileRead and Style/FileWrite cops are also enabled to simplify file read/write code in libraries and resources.

Kitchen-ec2 3.12

Updated the Test Kitchen kitchen-ec2 plugin from 3.11.1 to 3.12.0. This new release allows you to define multiple tags in the subnet_filter configuration and ensures the system is properly terminated if there is a failure during the instance creation. Thanks for these improvements @jakauppila!

Chef Workstation 21.12.720

Bug Fixes

  • The knife boostrap command’s --max-wait no longer fails when connecting over WinRM

Updated Components

InSpec 4.50.3

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.49.0 to 4.50.3 which adds Windows support to the http resource.

Chef Infra Client 17.8.25

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 17.7.29 to 17.8.25. This new release includes Compliance Phase improvements along with a large number of resource improvements and fixes. See the Chef Infra Client 17.8.25 Release Notes for complete details on what’s new in this version.

Chef Vault 4.1.5

Chef Vault has been updated to 4.1.5 to resolve issues where no results would be shown with the chef-vault` CLI.

Cookstyle 7.25.10

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.25.9 to 7.25.10. This new release updates the RuboCop engine used by Cookstyle to resolve a number of false positives and improve detection and autocorrection.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen has been updated from 3.1.1 to 3.2.2 and kitchen-ec2, kitchen-vagrant, kitchen-vcenter, and kitchen-dokken.

Bug Fixes
  • Resolved failures using the multiple_converge config option when testing Windows systems. Thanks for this fix @tecracer-theinen!
  • Resolved failures cloning a VM without a network interface in the kitchen-vcenter driver. Thanks for this fix @tecracer-theinen!
  • Resolved output formatting issues when running the kitchen diagnose command.
  • Resolved deprecation warnings in the kitchen-aws driver.
New Features
  • Support for testing cookbooks that use the compliance directory introduced in Chef Infra Client 17.5.
  • Added support for private Docker registries in the kitchen-dokken driver.
  • Adds the ability to set use_cached_chef_client in the kitchen-vagrant driver to enable caching of Chef Infra Client packages on vagrant boxes not produced by Chef. Thanks for this improvement @gaelik!

Chef CLI

The Chef CLI has seen significant performance improvements.

Packaging

macOS 10.14 Package Removal

With the release of macOS 12, our N-2 macOS release policy now includes macOS 12, 11, and 10.15. macOS 10.14 packages will no longer be produced.

Security

Ruby 3.0.3

Ruby has been updated from 3.0.2 to 3.0.3 to resolve the following CVEs:

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

Chef Workstation 21.11.679

Improvements

Chef Infra Client 17.7.29

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 17.6.18 to 17.7.29 with improved secrets manager support for Azure Key Vault, improvements to agentless Chef Infra Client runs with Target Mode, and multiple updated resources. See the Chef Infra Client 17.7.22 Release Notes and Chef Infra Client 17.7.29 Release Notes for more details.

Chef InSpec 4.49.0

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.46.13 to 4.49.0 with the following updates:

New Features
  • Added support for testing Cassandra DB configurations and CQL commands.
  • Added the CLI option --filter-waived-controls to increase execution speed when using waivers.
  • Integrated inspec check with Cookstyle.
Bug Fixes
  • Resolved case sensitivity issue for Windows users and group resources.
  • Fixed the oracledb_session resource when invoking a query using OS user and DB role.
  • Additional oracledb_session resource fixes.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen has been updated from 3.1.0 to 3.1.1 with improved progress logging in the ssh transport. Thanks @karmix!

Kitchen Dokken

The Test Kitchen plugin kitchen-dokken now includes colored output in the terminal to distinguish between multiple nodes converging at the same time and also includes improved support for Docker on Windows.

Kitchen EC2

The Test Kitchen plugin kitchen-ec2 has been updated with better platform support and error handling:

  • Test Kitchen no longer waits 300 seconds during kitchen destroy if the AWS instance was destroyed outside of Test Kitchen.
  • Supports using vendor images of Windows 2022
  • Supports using vendor images of Debian 10 or later

knife acl

The knife acl command now supports setting acls on cookbook_artifacts objects on the Chef Infra Server.

Habitat 1.6.420

Habitat has been updated from 1.6.351 to 1.6.420 with many behind-the-scenes updates.

Cookstyle 7.25.9

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.25.6 to 7.25.9 with many improvements to its code linting engine.

Chef Workstation 21.10.640

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client 17.6.18

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 17.4.38 to 17.6.18. This new release supports shipping InSpec profiles directly in cookbooks with a new compliance directory in cookbooks. It also adds support to the secrets helper for fetching secrets from HashiCorp Vault as well as Akeyless Vault. For a complete list of everything new in this release see the Chef Infra Client Release Notes.

InSpec 4.46.13

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.41.20 to 4.46.13 with the following enhancements:

  • Added rocky and almalinux Linux distributions to service resource.
  • Added the ability to handle files without headers in the csv resource.
  • Added the option to establish a connection using a UNIX socket in the postgres_session resource.
  • Fixed the –tags filter for dependent profiles.
  • Fixed the –controls filter for dependent profiles.
  • Fixed the opa_cli and opa_api resources so they are able to verify an empty result.

Cookstyle 7.25.6

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.24.1 to 7.25.6. This new release includes an updated RuboCop engine to resolve edge cases and adds the Chef/Correctness/MetadataMissingVersion cop to detect cookbooks that don’t have a version defined in the metadata.rb file.

chef-vault

Chef Vault has been updated to allow uploading secrets that include a newline character (\n).

Test Kitchen

WinRM Certificate Authentication

Test Kitchen now supports certificate authentication with the WinRM transport. New WinRM transport configuration options client_cert and client_key control the certificate authentication behavior. See the WinRM Transport Documentation for more information on this transport and these new configuration options. Thanks for adding this new capability @gholtiii!

Kitchen DigitalOcean

The Kitchen Digital Ocean driver now supports Debian 11 DigitalOcean droplets. Thanks for this new capability @cedricverhaeghe!

Kitchen vCenter

The Kitchen vCenter drive now supports passing guestinfo data to the test instances. Thanks for this new capability @jasonwbarnett!

Security

OpenSSL 1.0.2zb

OpenSSL has been updated from 1.0.2za to 1.0.2zb to resolve issues with Let’s Encrypt certificates.

cacerts

The cacerts bundle has been updated to the 2021-09-30 release which removes older expired root certificates and adds the following new root certificates:

  • AC RAIZ FNMT-RCM SERVIDORES SEGUROS
  • GlobalSign Root R46
  • GlobalSign Root E46
  • GLOBALTRUST 2020
  • ANF Secure Server Root CA
  • Certum EC-384 CA
  • Certum Trusted Root CA

Packaging

Chef Workstation packages are now produced for the following operating systems:

  • Windows 11
  • Windows 2022
  • macOS 12
  • Debian 11
  • Ubuntu 16.04 (no longer EOL)

Chef Workstation 21.9.613

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client 17.4

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 17.3.48 to 17.4.38. This new release includes a large number of improvements to the Infra Client Compliance Phase, simplifies fetching secrets with the secrets helper, and improves a large number of built-in resources. For a complete list of everything new in this release, see the Chef Infra Client 17.4 Release Notes

InSpec 4.41.20

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.38.9 to 4.41.20 with the following enhancements:

  • Updated the git fetcher to handle profiles that have a default git branch that is not master.
  • Added support for Alibaba Cloud Linux 3 to the Chef InSpec service resource.
  • Replaced the WMI command-line (WMIC) utility in the Chef InSpec security_identifier resource with Common Information Model (CIM) cmdlets as the WMIC utility will be deprecated soon.
  • Adjusted the exit code to Normal when attempting to install a plugin that is already installed.
  • Added new Open Policy Agent resources opa_cli and opa_api.
  • Added new mongodb_session resource.
  • The mssql_session resource now allows named connections by no longer forcing a port.
  • The PostgreSQL resources (postgres_session, postgres_conf, postgres_hba_conf, and postgres_ident_conf) now work with Windows.
  • Fixed a bug where the year in an expiration date was misinterpreted in waiver files.
  • Fixed range-based filtering in filter tables.
  • Fixed an issue in the Chef InSpec apache_conf resource when the ServerRoot is not specified in the Apache configuration file.
  • Fixed an issue when testing files with chef exec where the --insecure flag doesn’t bypass SSL verification when downloading profiles over HTTPS.
  • Fixed the inspec --chef-license=accept invocation to only show the license acceptance message and not show the InSpec CLI help command output.
  • Fixed an error in the Chef InSpec postgres_session resource where the resource could not connect to a database.
  • Fixed an error in the Chef InSpec apache_conf resource where it would overwrite any Apache configurations from the main Apache configuration file with configurations from any included configuration files.
  • Fixed an error where the Chef InSpec security_policy resource returned a comma-separated string of local groups (rather than SIDs) instead of an array.
  • Fixed a regression related to processing tags in certain formats using the --tags CLI option.

Knife

Knife has been updated to 17.4.47 to resolve an error running knife client create. Thanks for this fix @jasonwbarnett!

chef-run

The chef-run command for ad-hoc execution of Chef Infra Client on remote systems has been updated to support running on Solaris systems. chef-run can now remotely manage Linux, macOS, Windows, and Solaris systems, with AIX support coming soon!

Cookstyle 7.24.1

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.15.4 to 7.24.1 with an updated RuboCop engine for improved performance as well as 18 new autocorrecting Chef Infra Cops:

  • Chef/Correctness/MetadataMalformedDepends
  • Chef/Correctness/PowershellFileExists
  • Chef/Deprecations/DependsOnChefNginxCookbook
  • Chef/Deprecations/DependsOnChefReportingCookbook
  • Chef/Deprecations/DependsOnOmnibusUpdaterCookbook
  • Chef/Deprecations/DeprecatedSudoActions
  • Chef/Modernize/ClassEvalActionClass
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnChefVaultCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnChocolateyCookbooks
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnKernelModuleCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnLocaleCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnOpensslCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnTimezoneLwrpCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnWindowsFirewallCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/UnnecessaryDependsChef15
  • Chef/Modernize/UseChefLanguageCloudHelpers
  • Chef/Modernize/UseChefLanguageEnvHelpers
  • Chef/Modernize/UseChefLanguageSystemdHelper

Test Kitchen

Several Test Kitchen drivers received important updates to improve their reliability on specific hypervisors and clouds.

VMware vCenter

The Test Kitchen driver for VMware VCenter has been updated to avoid targeting ESXi systems in maintenance mode and to provide better errors when resources are not found or the client lacks permissions on the cluster. Thanks for these improvements @tecracer-theinen!

Microsoft Hyper-V

The Test Kitchen driver for Microsoft Hyper-V received updates to allow specifying remote Hyper-V hosts. See the driver documentation for more details on specifying remote hosts. Thanks for this new feature @tecracer-theinen!

HashiCorp Vagrant

The Test Kitchen driver for HashiCorp Vagrant has been updated to allow specifying existing VM disk images. Thanks for the initial pull request for this work @stissot!

Microsoft Azure

The Test Kitchen driver for Microsoft Azure has been updated to allow creating Virtual Machines with a maximum volume size of up to 2048GB. Thanks for this improvement @jasonwbarnett!

Security

OpenSSL 1.1.1l/1.0.2za

Updated OpenSSL to 1.1.1l on macOS and 1.0.2za on all other platforms to resolve the following CVEs:

libarchive 3.5.2

Updated the libarchive library that powers the archive_file resource from 3.5.1 to 3.5.2 to resolve security vulnerabilities in libarchive’s handling of symbolic links.

Improvements

The Chef Workstation CLI command chef -v has been optimised to fetch the component version details faster across all platforms.

Chef Workstation 21.9.612

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client 17.4

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 17.3.48 to 17.4.38. This new release includes a large number of improvements to the Infra Client Compliance Phase, simplifies fetching secrets with the secrets helper, and improves a large number of built-in resources. For a complete list of everything new in this release, see the Chef Infra Client 17.4 Release Notes

InSpec 4.41.20

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.38.9 to 4.41.20 with the following enhancements:

  • Updated the git fetcher to handle profiles that have a default git branch that is not master.
  • Added support for Alibaba Cloud Linux 3 to the Chef InSpec service resource.
  • Replaced the WMI command-line (WMIC) utility in the Chef InSpec security_identifier resource with Common Information Model (CIM) cmdlets as the WMIC utility will be deprecated soon.
  • Adjusted the exit code to Normal when attempting to install a plugin that is already installed.
  • Added new Open Policy Agent resources opa_cli and opa_api.
  • Added new mongodb_session resource.
  • The mssql_session resource now allows named connections by no longer forcing a port.
  • The PostgreSQL resources (postgres_session, postgres_conf, postgres_hba_conf, and postgres_ident_conf) now work with Windows.
  • Fixed a bug where the year in an expiration date was misinterpreted in waiver files.
  • Fixed range-based filtering in filter tables.
  • Fixed an issue in the Chef InSpec apache_conf resource when the ServerRoot is not specified in the Apache configuration file.
  • Fixed an issue when testing files with chef exec where the --insecure flag doesn’t bypass SSL verification when downloading profiles over HTTPS.
  • Fixed the inspec --chef-license=accept invocation to only show the license acceptance message and not show the InSpec CLI help command output.
  • Fixed an error in the Chef InSpec postgres_session resource where the resource could not connect to a database.
  • Fixed an error in the Chef InSpec apache_conf resource where it would overwrite any Apache configurations from the main Apache configuration file with configurations from any included configuration files.
  • Fixed an error where the Chef InSpec security_policy resource returned a comma-separated string of local groups (rather than SIDs) instead of an array.
  • Fixed a regression related to processing tags in certain formats using the --tags CLI option.

Knife

Knife has been updated to 17.4.47 to resolve an error running knife client create. Thanks for this fix @jasonwbarnett!

chef-run

The chef-run command for ad-hoc execution of Chef Infra Client on remote systems has been updated to support running on Solaris systems. chef-run can now remotely manage Linux, macOS, Windows, and Solaris systems, with AIX support coming soon!

Cookstyle 7.24.1

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.15.4 to 7.24.1 with an updated RuboCop engine for improved performance as well as 18 new autocorrecting Chef Infra Cops:

  • Chef/Correctness/MetadataMalformedDepends
  • Chef/Correctness/PowershellFileExists
  • Chef/Deprecations/DependsOnChefNginxCookbook
  • Chef/Deprecations/DependsOnChefReportingCookbook
  • Chef/Deprecations/DependsOnOmnibusUpdaterCookbook
  • Chef/Deprecations/DeprecatedSudoActions
  • Chef/Modernize/ClassEvalActionClass
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnChefVaultCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnChocolateyCookbooks
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnKernelModuleCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnLocaleCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnOpensslCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnTimezoneLwrpCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/DependsOnWindowsFirewallCookbook
  • Chef/Modernize/UnnecessaryDependsChef15
  • Chef/Modernize/UseChefLanguageCloudHelpers
  • Chef/Modernize/UseChefLanguageEnvHelpers
  • Chef/Modernize/UseChefLanguageSystemdHelper

Test Kitchen

Several Test Kitchen drivers received important updates to improve their reliability on specific hypervisors and clouds.

VMware vCenter

The Test Kitchen driver for VMware VCenter has been updated to avoid targeting ESXi systems in maintenance mode and to provide better errors when resources are not found or the client lacks permissions on the cluster. Thanks for these improvements @tecracer-theinen!

Microsoft Hyper-V

The Test Kitchen driver for Microsoft Hyper-V received updates to allow specifying remote Hyper-V hosts. See the driver documentation for more details on specifying remote hosts. Thanks for this new feature @tecracer-theinen!

HashiCorp Vagrant

The Test Kitchen driver for HashiCorp Vagrant has been updated to allow specifying existing VM disk images. Thanks for the initial pull request for this work @stissot!

Microsoft Azure

The Test Kitchen driver for Microsoft Azure has been updated to allow creating Virtual Machines with a maximum volume size of up to 2048GB. Thanks for this improvement @jasonwbarnett!

Security

OpenSSL 1.1.1l/1.0.2za

Updated OpenSSL to 1.1.1l on macOS and 1.0.2za on all other platforms to resolve the following CVEs:

libarchive 3.5.2

Updated the libarchive library that powers the archive_file resource from 3.5.1 to 3.5.2 to resolve security vulnerabilities in libarchive’s handling of symbolic links.

Improvements

The Chef Workstation CLI command chef -v has been optimised to fetch the component version details faster across all platforms.

Chef Workstation 21.8.555

Bug Fixes

  • PowerShell DLLs for Chef Infra Client are now properly set up on Windows systems to prevent failures running Chef Infra Client.
  • knife bootstrap now respects the config_log_level config when setting up client.rb configuration files on new Windows nodes.
  • knife bootstrap with the --use-sudo-password no longer fails with a sudo error.
  • knife user create now provides helpful error messages if the client can’t be written to disk.
  • knife bootstrap now properly supports the ~/.ssh/config settings.
  • Cookstyle no longer reports Chef/Deprecations/ResourceWithoutUnifiedTrue failures in custom resource partials.
  • Cookstyle no longer reports Chef/Deprecations/ResourceWithoutUnifiedTrue failures when a custom resource file is empty.
  • chef generate cookbook now generates cookbooks that require Chef Infra Client 16 or later.
  • chef generate cookbook now generates example content referencing Chef Infra Client 17.

Packaging

RHEL 8 Packages

We improved our RHEL 8 packages with additional RHEL 8 optimizations and EL8 in the filename.

Chef Workstation 21.7.545

Bug Fixes

Knife

  • Resolved failures running knife ssh on hosts that require a PTY with a new --pty flag.
  • Resolved knife bootstrap of Windows nodes from Chef Workstation on Linux/macOS incorrectly setting the file cache config.
  • Resolved knife bootstrap of Linux nodes from Chef Workstation on macOS creating a /Users directory.

Updated Components

InSpec 4.38.9

InSpec has been updated from 4.38.3 to 4.38.9:

New Features
  • The mssql_session resource now allows named connections by no longer forcing a port.
  • The PostgreSQL resources (postgres_session, postgres_conf, postgres_hba_conf, and postgres_ident_conf) now work with Windows.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug where the year in an expiration date was misinterpreted in waiver files.

Chef Infra Client 17.3.48

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 17.2.29 to 17.3.48. This new release includes large improvements to Policyfiles, 9 new built-in resources, and initial support for fetching secrets from AWS Secrets Manager and Azure Key Vault. See the 17.3 release notes for more information.

Habitat 1.6.351

Habitat has been updated from 1.6.319 to 1.6.351 with updated internal libraries.

Security

Addressable

We’ve updated the addressable gem from 2.7 to 2.8 to resolve CVE-2021-32740.

Ruby

We’ve upgraded Ruby from 3.0.1 to 3.0.2. This upgrade resolves bugs and also resolves the following CVEs:

curl

We’ve updated the bundled curl CLI from 7.76 to 7.77 to resolve the following CVEs:

Chef Workstation 21.7.524

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved Ruby crashes that occurred intermittently when running knife ssh or knife bootstrap.

New Features

Policyfile Improvements

Policyfile.rb metadata Helper

Policyfiles has a new metadata helper. This helper gets a local cookbook’s name and path from the metadata.rb file instead of requiring them in the Policyfile.

Existing Policyfile:

name "base" # cookbook name
run_list "base::default"
default_source :supermarket
cookbook "base", path: "." # cookbook path

Policyfile using the metadata helper:

metadata # invokes the metadata helper
run_list "base::default"
default_source :supermarket
Defined Policy Groups in Exports

The chef export command now includes a new --policy_group flag that allows you to define a policy group (a set of hosts in a deployed unit) in the exported tarball.

Cookstyle 7.15.1

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.13 to 7.15.1 with additional cops and an updated RuboCop engine.

RuboCop 1.18.3

The RuboCop engine that powers Cookstyle has been updated to 1.18.3. This new release improves autocorrection and resolves a large number of detection errors.

New Cops

We added Chef InSpec-specific Cookstyle Cops to the InSpec/Deprecations department. These cops help with the migration from InSpec attributes to inputs. Watch for additional deprecation and correctness cops for InSpec in the future. You can also request a new cop for Chef InSpec!

InSpec/Deprecations/AttributeDefault

The Chef/Deprecations/AttributeDefault cop detects Chef InSpec profiles that use the deprecated pattern of passing the default option to attribute or input helpers instead of passing it to the newer value option.

Enabled by default: True

Autocorrects: True

InSpec/Deprecations/AttributeHelper

The Chef/Deprecations/AttributeHelper cop detects Chef InSpec profiles that use the deprecated attribute helper instead of the input helper.

Enabled by default: True

Autocorrects: True

Chef/Deprecations/PolicyfileCommunitySource

The Chef/Deprecations/PolicyfileCommunitySource cop detects Policyfile.rb files that set a default_source of :community. This source is deprecated and is an alias to the :supermarket source, which should be used instead.

Enabled by default: True

Autocorrects: True

Test Kitchen Improvements

New default chef_infra Provisioner

We renamed the chef_zero Test Kitchen provisioner to chef_infra, making it clear that it is the preferred provisioner for testing Chef Infra cookbooks. This change is backward-compatible, so your existing kitchen.yml configurations will still work. We also changed Test Kitchen’s default provisioned from chef_solo to chef_infra. Even if you leave the provisioner configuration unassigned, you will still get Chef Infra cookbook testing. To test with Chef Solo, you need to set the provisioner to chef_solo explicitly.

Berkshelf / Policyfiles Update Automatically

We changed Test Kitchen to automatically run berks update or chef update before testing, so you’re always testing the latest cookbook code on your workstation. If you prefer to test an existing Policyfile.lock without updating it, add always_update_cookbooks false to the provisioner section of your kitchen.yml file.

Specifying Policy Groups

We added a new policy_group configuration that allows setting the policy group for testing a cookbook. Set this in the provisioner block or individual suites.

suites:
  - name: default
    policy_group: production
    run_list:
      - recipe[base]
Attaching Elastic Network Interfaces in AWS

We added a new elastic_network_interface_id configuration option that allows you to specify the Elastic Network Interface ID attached to new AWS test instances.

driver:
  name: ec2
  elastic_network_interface_id: eni-0545666738adeed14

Ubuntu FIPS Support

Chef Workstation Ubuntu packages are now FIPS enabled for all your FedRAMP needs.

Chef Workstation 21.6.497

Regression Fixes

  • The Chef Workstation toolbar app now properly shows the installed version of Workstation.
  • Resolves failures running Berkshelf, including failures running ChefSpec in GitHub actions when cookbooks use Berkshelf for depsolving. Thanks for these fixes @ramereth!
  • Resolved ChefSpec failures on Windows.

Updated Components

Knife

Knife has been updated to 17.2.38 with support for Curve25519 SSH key exchange.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen has been updated to 2.12.0:

Bug Fixes
  • Fixes failures running the kitchen console command which were caused by changes in Ruby’s pry gem. Thanks for this fix @jayaddison-collabora!
  • Test Kitchen will now continue to run even if an SSH connection fails in lifecycle_hooks and skippable is set to true. Thanks for this fix @tarcinil!
Slow Resource Report Support

Test Kitchen now supports Chef Infra Client 17.2’s new slow resource report for displaying the slowest resources in a Chef Infra Client run. You can enable this report by setting the slow_resource_report configuration option in the chef-zero provisioner:

provisioner:
  name: chef_zero
  # set the configuration value to true to display the 10 slowest resources
  # or set it to the number of resources you'd like to display
  slow_resource_report true

Kitchen Dokken

The Kitchen Dokken driver for testing Chef Infa cookbooks in Docker containers has been updated to 2.13:

Bug Fixes
  • Fixes execution failures on Windows. Thanks for this fix @jakauppila!
  • Fixes failures when running on Podman instead of Docker. Thanks for this fix @tomhughes!
Slow Resource Report Support

Kitchen Dokken has also been updated to support Chef Infra Client 17.2’s new slow resource report for displaying the slowest resources in a Chef Infra Client run. You can enable this report by setting the slow_resource_report configuration option in the dokken provisioner:

provisioner:
  name: dokken
  # set the configuration value to true to display the 10 slowest resources
  # or set it to the number of resources you'd like to display
  slow_resource_report true

Chef InSpec 4.37.30

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.37.25 to 4.37.30 with the following bugfixes:

  • Fixed the mysql_session resource to raise an exception if there is an error in a connection or query.
  • Fixed the postgres_session resource to raise an exception if there is an error in a connection or query.

Chef Workstation 21.6.479

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved errors from running various knife commands.

Upgraded Components

Ruby 3.0

Ruby has been updated from 2.7.3 to 3.0.1. The Ruby 3.0 release includes improved performance and aligns Chef Workstation with the release of Ruby in Chef Infra Client 17 for maximum compatibility.

Chef Infra Client 17.2

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 17.1 to 17.2. This release includes a new --slow-report flag for displaying the slowest resources in a client run, improved allowlist/denylist functionality with Automate reporting, and many improved resources. See the Chef Infra Client Release Notes for complete details

Chef InSpec 4.37.23

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.37.20 to 4.37.23:

Improvements
  • Updated the inspec init plugin command
    • The values of flags passed to the inspec init plugin command are now wrapped in double quotes instead of single quotes.
    • Template files are now ERB files.
    • The activator flag replaces the hook flag, which is now an alias.
Backward Incompatibilities
  • Removed support for Chef Compliance Server and Chef Automate 1 from the inspec automate command, as both products are EOL.

Knife Azure

The knife-azure plugin has been updated from 3.0.6 to 4.0.0. This major release removes the legacy knife azure commands that were based on the Azure ASM API deprecated in 2018. knife azurerm commands will continue to function as they are based on the modern Azure ARM API.

Kitchen InSpec

The kitchen-inspec plugin has been updated to from 2.4.1 to 2.4.3, which adds a forward_agent option for connecting to the host using SSH Agent Forwarding.

Security

Nokogiri

Nokogiri was updated to 1.11.7 to resolve CVE-2020-26247.

Chef Workstation 21.6.467

Bug Fixes

  • Failures running knife org user add are resolved.
  • Failures running knife configure are resolved.

Chef Workstation 21.5.462

Updated Tools

Chef Infra Client 17.1

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 17.0 to 17.1. This new release includes improvements to the Chef Infra Client Compliance Phase, Unified Mode improvements, and updates to many built-in resources. See the Chef Infra Client 17.1 Release Notes for details on new functionality.

Chef InSpec 4.37.20

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.36.4 to 4.37.20 with the following bug fixes and improvements:

Improvements
  • Added support for zfs_pool and zfs_dataset resources on Linux.
  • Improved port resource performance: adding more specific search while using ss command.
  • A new inspec automate command replaces the inspec compliance command, which is now deprecated. This command also fully validates credentials before storing them to disk.
Bug Fixes
  • The file resource more_permissive_than matcher returns nil instead of throwing an exception when the file does not exist.
  • The http resource response body is now coerced into UTF-8.
  • Fixed an error when using profile dependencies and require_controls.
  • Fixed the windows_firewall_rule resource when it failed to validate more than one rule.
  • Modified the windows_feature resource to indicate if a feature is enabled rather than just available.
  • inspec detect --no-color returns color-free output

Chef Habitat 1.6.319

The Chef Habitat CLI has been updated from 1.6.288 to 1.6.319 with performance and stability improvements.

Chef CLI 5.1

The Chef CLI has been updated to 5.1. This new release includes a new --yaml flag for the chef generate cookbook command to generate example YAML Chef Infra cookbooks.

Knife 17.2

The Knife CLI has been updated from 17.0 to 17.2, which includes several fixes for failures running knife commands.

Cookstyle 7.13

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.10 to 7.13 with the following improvements:

  • Cookstyle now targets Ruby 2.5 or later allowing Cookstyle to simplify some complex codebases to use new Ruby functionality.
  • A new Chef/Deprecations/HWRPWithoutUnifiedTrue cop detects custom resources that do not set unified_mode true. These resources will produce deprecation warnings in Chef Infra Client 17.0 or later as the Unified Mode will become the default in Chef Infra Client 18 (April 2022). Setting unified_mode true in custom resources today allows you to ensure they will continue to function as expected in future Chef Infra Client releases.
  • Fixed false positives in the Chef/Modernize/WindowsRegistryUAC resource.
  • Improved how we exclude vendor and files directories so that Cookstyle can run in cookbooks contained in directories named vendor or files.
  • Updated the RuboCop engine used by Cookstyle to 1.15 with a significant number of detection and autocorrection improvements.

Security

TLS 1.3 Support on macOS

macOS builds of Chef Workstation now ship with OpenSSL 1.1.1, which enables TLS 1.3 communication with Chef services.

Known Issues

Chef Workstation 21.5.420 introduced a regression causing failures when running some knife commands. We are currently working towards a fix for this issue which we hope to ship in the next release of Chef Workstation. If you encounter failures running knife commands, please install Chef Workstation 21.4.365

Chef Workstation 21.5.420

Breaking Changes

Chef CLI

The chef shell-init CLI command checks for the Chef Workstation PATH variable before adding it, ensuring that it appears only once in your PATH.

We removed two legacy Chef Workflow (Delivery) commands in the chef-cli (Chef Workflow reached end-of-life status in December 2020):

  • chef generate cookbook --workflow now warns that the --workflow flag is no longer supported and generates a Chef cookbook—without the Chef Workflow build-cookbook.
  • chef generate build-cookbook now alerts that build-cookbook generation is no longer supported and exits with an error.

Knife Changes

Renamed knife opc org commands

We’ve rewritten our knife-opc plugin and merged it into the main knife codebase. As part of this rewrite, the knife opc org commands have been renamed to knife org, and several of the user commands have merged into the existing knife user commands.

Renamed Commands
  • knife opc org create -> knife org create
  • knife opc org delete -> knife org delete
  • knife opc org edit -> knife org edit
  • knife opc org list -> knife org list
  • knife opc org show -> knife org show
  • knife opc org user add -> knife org user add
  • knife opc org user remove -> knife org user remove
User Commands Now in Knife User
  • knife opc user create -> knife user create
  • knife opc user delete -> knife user delete
  • knife opc user edit -> knife user edit
  • knife opc user list -> knife user list
  • knife opc user password -> knife user password
  • knife opc user show -> knife user show
Simplified knife user create syntax

The knife user create command previously required passing the user’s display name, first name, last name, e-mail, and password in order as arguments. Only the e-mail and password values are actually required by Chef Infra Server, so we’ve simplified the syntax to allow passing just the required values. New flags have been introduced for each of the values and only the --email and --password flags are now required. The existing positional argument syntax will continue to work with a warning message, but will be removed in a future release.

Fauxhai updated to 9.0

The Fauxhai engine mocks Ohai data in ChefSpec tests. The 9.0 release removes all the deprecated Fauxhai definitions—the ones that warned you of their impending deprecation every time you used them this past year.

The Fauxhai community team removed platforms that:

  • have reached end-of-life status and are no longer supported.
  • have newer minor release versions available in Fauxhai.

The best practice for referencing platforms in ChefSpec tests is to use a platform’s major version or no version at all, which lets Fauxhai automatically pick the latest version. This practice ensures that your specs will continue to run, even as new platforms are released and older ones are removed.

To automatically migrate ChefSpec tests to use newer platforms, use the Chef/Deprecations/DeprecatedChefSpecPlatform Cookstyle cop. This cop will autocorrect many specs. Run it with:

cookstyle -a --only Chef/Deprecations/DeprecatedChefSpecPlatform

Fauxhai Platforms Removed

  • AIX 6.1
  • Amazon Linux 2015.03
  • Amazon Linux 2015.09
  • Amazon Linux 2016.03
  • Amazon Linux 2016.09
  • Amazon Linux 2017.03
  • Amazon Linux 2017.09
  • CentOS 5.11
  • CentOS 6.9
  • CentOS 7.5.1804
  • CentOS 7.6.1810
  • Debian 8.11
  • Debian 9.8
  • Debian 9.9
  • Fedora 29
  • Fedora 30
  • FreeBSD 11.1
  • Linux Mint 18.3
  • macOS 10.13
  • OpenSUSE 15.0
  • OpenSUSE 15.1
  • Oracle Linux 5.11
  • Oracle Linux 6.9
  • Red Hat Linux 5.11
  • Red Hat Linux 6.9
  • Red Hat Linux 7.4
  • Red Hat Linux 7.5
  • Red Hat Linux 7.6
  • Suse Enterprise Linux 12.3
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Windows 20008 R2

Improvements

Chef Infra Client 17

Chef Workstation now includes Chef Infra Client 17 with the new Compliance Phase and many other improvements. For a complete list of what’s new, see the Chef Infra Client 17.0 Release Notes and our Chef Infra Client 17 Launch Webinar.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.29.3 to 4.36.4 with the following improvements and bug fixes:

New Features

  • Added the SELinux resource, which includes support for modules and booleans.
  • Added the pattern input option for DSL and metadata inputs.
  • Added the members_array property for group & groups resources.
  • Train now reads the username and port from the .ssh/config file and will use these values if present.
  • Added the new --reporter-include-source CLI option, which includes the source code of the controls in the output of the CLI reporter.
  • Added ability to pass inputs to InSpec shell using input file and cli.
  • Commands can now be set to timeout using the command resource or the --command timeout option in the CLI. Commands timeout by default after one hour.
  • Added the --docker-url CLI option, which can be used to specify the URI to connect to the Docker Engine.
  • Added support for targeting Linux and Windows containers running on Docker for Windows.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix SSH Timeout PTY allocation. We fixed a bug that caused occasional failures in some command resources that use SSH transport and were mistakenly allocated a pseudoterminal (PTY) when setting a timeout. In some cases, the PTY changed how the resource was interpreted. This fix only uses PTY when explicitly requested.
  • Fixed the group resource when a member does not exist.
  • Hash inputs will now be loaded consistently and accessed as strings or symbols.

Test Kitchen

Digital Ocean Driver Update

The kitchen-digitalocean driver update removes support for legacy platform values that no longer exist on Digital Ocean: CoreOS, Ubuntu17, CentOS6 and it adds support for RancherOS. The Test Kitchen docs have a new Digital Ocean getting started guide.

Amazon AWS Driver Update

The Amazon AWS kitchen-ec2 driver update adds support for GP3 EBS volume types on instances and proper cleanup of EBS volumes on termination on RHEL-based platforms. Thanks for the GP3 fix @bdwyertech!

Cookstyle updated to 7.10.1

This update improves offense detection and autocorrelation in Ruby code.

Platform Support

Ubuntu 16.04 packages will no longer be produced for Chef Workstation as Ubuntu 16.04 became EOL at the end of April 2021.

Security Updates

Ruby updated to 2.7.3

This Ruby version provides a large number of bug fixes and resolves the following CVEs:

git updated to 2.31.1

This update to the embedded git client in Chef Workstation resolves CVE-2021-21300

Chef Workstation 21.4.365

macOS Support in chef-run

We have updated the chef-run command to allow resources to be executed against macOS nodes in addition to Linux and Windows nodes.

Opt-In ChefSpec Specs

The chef generate cookbook will no longer generate ChefSpec tests by default. For many users ChefSpec tests add a minimal amount of quality assurance for their large level of complexity. We believe that users are overwhelmingly better off writing true integration tests with InSpec and Test Kitchen, as these tests are far more likely to detect real-world failure conditions. If you’d like to continue to generate sample ChefSpecs, you can run chef generate cookbook --specs MY_COOKBOOK_NAME.

Improved Kitchen Dokken Configs

The chef generate cookbook --kitchen dokken command will now generate a Kitchen Dokken config that runs the container in privileged mode by default. This is necessary for testing any cookbook which includes a systemd unit. Since most cookbooks tested with Kitchen Dokken manage services this will make it easier to switch to Kitchen Dokken for quick test cycles.

Autocompletion in fish Shell

We’ve updated the code snippet generated by the chef shell-init fish command to generate proper auto-complete commands for the fish shell. If you previously added the code generated by this command to your ~/.config/fish/config.fish config file, you’ll want to update that content with the new code. This will give you autocompletion helpers for all the chef sub-commands.

Packaging Improvements

  • Failures running Habitat on macOS systems have been resolved.
  • On Linux and macOS systems symlinks are now created for chef-zero, mixlib-install, and fauxhai making Chef Workstation more functional for users that don’t want to use the Chef Workstation Ruby installation as their system-wide Ruby installation.

Chef Workstation 21.3.346

Bug Fixes

  • We resolved a failure running our embedded curl on macOS systems. Thanks for reporting this @kmf.
  • We updated the chef-run command to allow using symbols in resources defined on the command-line.
  • We resolved frozen string errors that could occur in Test Kitchen. Thanks for the help with this @tbugfinder.
  • @signe fixed fetching the validation key from AWS S3 with knife ec2.

Improvements

kitchen-dokken

We’ve improved how the Test Kitchen dokken driver handles Docker registries other than DockerHub. You should now be able to configure DockerHub mirrors without any requests being made to DockerHub. Thanks @jaymzh! We’ve also updated the docker-api gem to 2.1.0. The docker-api gem powers the dokken driver and this update adds support for running dokken against Podman.

kitchen-azurerm

The Test Kitchen azurerm driver has been updated to use unique instance names by default to avoid conflicts. Systems will now be named tk-RANDOMVALUE instead of just vm. Thanks @jasonwbarnett!

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.8 to 7.9. This release includes an updated RuboCop engine with improved detection and autocorrection capabilities.

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated to 16.11, with minor bug fixes. See the Chef Infra Client Release Notes for more details.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.26.13 to 4.29.3.

New Features
  • The JSON metadata pass-through configuration has been moved from the Automate reporter to the JSON Reporter
  • Added the option to filter out empty profiles from reports.
  • Exposed the conf_path, content, and params properties to the auditd_conf resource.
  • Added the ability to specify --user when connecting to docker containers.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed the crontab resource when passing a username to AIX.
  • Stopped a backtrace from occurring when using cmp to compare nil with a non-existing file.
  • The apt resource now correctly fetches all package repositories using the -name flag in an environment where ZSH is the user’s default shell.
  • The --controls option in inspec exec now correctly filters the controls by name.
  • Updates how InSpec profiles are created with GCP or AWS providers so they use inputs instead of attributes.
  • inspec exec will now fetch profiles via Git regardless of the name of the default branch.

Security

Git

The embedded git client in Workstation has been updated to 2.30.2 to resolve CVE-2021-21300.

Chef Workstation 21.2.303

Improved Upgrade Behavior

Chef Workstation packages on Linux will now upgrade existing ChefDK installations. This matches the existing behavior on Windows and macOS systems.

Improved Git Client

The embedded git client in Chef Workstation has been updated to 2.30.1. This new release includes improvements to git diff functionality as well as a large number of bug fixes.

InSpec

InSpec has been updated to 4.26.13 with two bug fixes:

  • Fixed skip_control to work on deeply nested profiles.
  • The ssh_config and sshd_config resources now correctly use the first value when a setting is repeated.

Test Kitchen

Several Test Kitchen plugins have been updated to improve the overall testing experience:

AzureRM

The azurerm Test Kitchen driver has been updated to improve backwards compatibility in the public_ip_sku configuration option with previous driver release.

InSpec

A regression in the Test Kitchen inspec has been resolved, which would cause failures when setting custom reporters.

Dokken

The Test Kitchen dokken driver/provisioner has been updated with a new docker_registry configuration option for specifying a Docker Registry other than DockerHub.

Example:

driver:
  docker_registry: docker.sample.com

Note: The Docker Registry must container the dokken images for the platforms you want to test, the chef image, as well as the centos image that is used as part of the driver setup.

Smaller Package Size

In order to further reduce the Chef Workstation installation size, we’ve removed the yard package from Chef Workstation. This package was never documented as being included in Chef Workstation and isn’t required for any Chef product workflows.

Chef Workstation 21.2.292

Bug Fixes

We resolved two regressions in the 21.2.278 release of Chef Workstation:

  • A failure in mixlib-archive when running berks install
  • Failures using the azurerm provider in Test Kitchen

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated to 16.10.17. This release resolves two bugs:

  • Fixed the mount resource for network mounts using the root level as the device. Thanks @ramereth!
  • Resolved a Compliance Phase failure with profile names using the @ symbol.

Test Kitchen

Several Test Kitchen plugins have been updated to improve the overall Test Kitchen experience:

Improved Windows Reliability

Windows detection for Chef Infra Client installations is now more reliable.

InSpec Plugin Configuration

A new plugin_config config option has been added to the inspec verifier for passing configs to InSpec plugins. Thanks for this improvement @tecracer-theinen!

Example plugin config in a kitchen.yml:

verifier:
  name: inspec
  plugin_config:
    example_plugin_name:
      example_setting: "Example value"

Azure Storage Account Types

The storage_account_type config option in the azurerm plugin is now honored. This allows you to set storage_account_type: Standard_LRS to use non-SSD disks in Azure. Thanks for this fix @reasland and @Dreweasland!

Cloud-Init With OpenStack

The openstack Test Kitchen driver now includes a new cloud_config config option that allows you to pass config options to cloud-init for setting up systems before Chef Infra Client runs. Thanks for this improvement @JimScadden!

An example of setting the hostname at provision time:

driver_config:
  cloud_config:
    hostname: my-hostname

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated to provide links to our new Cookstyle cop documentation on docs.chef.io.

Security

OpenSSL has been upgraded to 1.0.2y to resolve the following CVEs:

Platform Updates

With the release of macOS 11 we will no longer produce packages for macOS 10.13 systems. See our Platform End-of-Life Policy for details on the platform lifecycle.

Chef Workstation 21.2.278

Performance Improvements

We’ve improved the performance of many of the included command-line tools in Chef Workstation along with the performance of the Chef Workstation menubar application.

Test Kitchen

The Kitchen vCenter driver has been updated to prevent failures while running on Windows hosts.

The Kitchen Azure driver now includes support for setting the public IP SKU with a new public_ip_sku driver configuration option thanks to @simonjefford! For example:


platforms:
  - name: ubuntu-1804
    driver:
      image_urn: Canonical:UbuntuServer:18.04.4-LTS:latest
      vnet_id: /subscriptions/b6e7eee9-YOUR-GUID-HERE-03ab624df016/resourceGroups/pendrica-infrastructure/providers/Microsoft.Network/virtualNetworks/pendrica-arm-vnet
      subnet_id: subnet-10.1.0
      public_ip: true
      public_ip_sku: Standard

To learn more about this configuration option, see the Azure Public IP Documentation.

Chef-CLI

You can now rename the generator directory after generation without breaking generator usage.

Berkshelf

Several potential race conditions in Berkshelf have been resolved. This may improve the reliability of testing multiple instances in Test Kitchen when Berkshelf is used for cookbook dependency resolution.

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated with the latest RuboCop engine for improved code issue detection and correction. Additionally, RuboCop’s Lint/ErbNewArguments cop has been enabled to detect deprecated usage of the ERB class in libraries.

Chef Workstation 21.2.259

Chef Infra Client 16.10

Chef Workstation now ships with Chef Infra Client 16.10. This new release includes expanded AWS Metadata support including IMDSv2 support, Alma Linux support, and resource updates. See the Chef Infra Client 16.10 Release Notes for more details on everything new in this release.

Policyfiles Improvements

We’ve improved how Policyfiles are handled in the chef command. Now running chef install when a Policyfile.lock is not present will generate the lock file and install the cookbooks instead of producing an error. This mirrors the behavior of bundle install and other dependency management tools. We think this will make it easier to manage Chef Infra cookbooks in CI pipelines where a lock may or may not be generated yet. Thanks for reporting this issue @coderanger!

We’ve also resolved a failure that would occur when testing cookbooks that use Policyfiles in ChefSpec. Thanks for reporting this issue @ElfoLiNk!

Knife Bootstrapping Without Sudo

The knife boostrap command now supports elevating privileges on systems without sudo by using the su command instead. Use the new --su-user and --su-password flags to specify credentials for su.

Alma Linux Support

Chef Infra Client and Chef Workstation now support Alma Linux, a new open-source RHEL fork produced by the CloudLinux team.

Chef Infra Client 16.10 and later now maps the alma-linux platform to the rhel platform_family value.

In Chef Workstation, we’ve also added support for testing cookbooks on Alma Linux with new Alma Linux 8 Vagrant Images for use in Test Kitchen on VirtualBox, Parallels, and VMware. You can use these images today in Test Kitchen by specifying this new box in your config as follows:

platforms:
  - name: almalinux-8

Kitchen vCenter Windows Improvements

When using Test Kitchen’s vcenter driver, you can now specify administrator_password to set the password on a Windows test instance’s Administrator account. Thanks for this enhancement @lomeroe!

Updated Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.5 to 7.7. This new release includes an updated RuboCop engine for improved detection and autocorrection. It also enables RuboCop’s Lint/DeprecatedConstants cop to detect deprecated TRUE, FALSE, and NIL constant values.

Amazon Linux 2 Packages

We now produce Chef Workstation packages for Amazon Linux 2. You can find these packages at downloads.chef.io.

Security

We’ve updated the version of curl packaged with Chef Workstation to 7.75 to resolve the following curl CVEs:

Chef Workstation 21.1.247

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 16.9.20 to 16.9.32.

  • Resolved orphaned PowerShell processes when using Compliance Remediation content.
  • Resolved failures from running chef-client on some Windows systems.
  • Compliance Phase: Improved detection of the audit cookbook when it is used for compliance reporting.
  • chef-shell: Added support for loading configs in client.d directories - Thanks @jaymzh!

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.24.32 to 4.26.14.

New Features
  • You can now directly refer to settings in the nginx_conf resource using the its syntax. Thanks @rgeissert!
  • You can now specify the shell type for WinRM connections using the --winrm-shell-type option. Thanks @catriona1!
  • Plugin settings can now be set programmatically. Thanks @tecracer-theinen!
  • OpenSSH Client on Windows can now be tested with the ssh_config and sshd_config resources. Thanks @rgeissert!
  • The --reporter-message-truncation option now also truncates the code_desc field, preventing failures when sending large reports to Automate.
Bug Fixes
  • Updated the oracledb_session to use more general invocation options. Thanks @pacopal!
  • Fixed an error with the http resource in Chef Infra Client by including faraday_middleware in the gemspec.
  • Fixed an incompatibility between parslet and toml in Chef Infra Client.
  • Improved programmatic plugin configuration.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen has been updated from 2.9 to 2.10.

Uploading Files In the Provisioner

Test Kitchen now allows you to upload files from your workstation to the test node within the provisioner. The new uploads config accepts a hash mapping local files to files on the remote test node. Thanks for this new feature @tecracer-theinen!

Uploading a config file before running Chef Infra Client
provisioner:
  name: chef_zero
  uploads:
    "foo.cfg": "/etc/foo.cfg"

Includes/Excludes Filters in Lifecycle Hooks

You can now exclude or include platforms from running in a lifecycle hook. This is particularly useful when running commands like apt-get update which can only be run on certain systems. Thanks for this new feature @jasonwbarnett!

Excluding apt-get update on RHEL
lifecycle:
  pre_converge:
    - remote: | 
        "apt-get update"
      exclude:
        - rhel-7
        - rhel-8

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved uninitialized constant Kitchen::Loader::YAML::Psych error - @dwmarshall

Kitchen Inspec Verifier

The kitchen-inspec verifier plugin has been updated from 2.2.2 to 2.3.0. This new release improves performance by setting the backend_cache config to true by default.

Chef CLI

The Chef CLI has been updated to allow chef generate to properly create files in subdirectories.

Chef Workstation 21.1.233

This release of Chef Workstation includes a small number of bug fixes and improvements from the previous 21.1.222 release.

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 16.9.16 to 16.9.20, which resolves issues from installing packages on newer FreeBSD releases and resolves errors from using the audit cookbook for compliance scans.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.24.26 to 4.24.32, which reduces the size of some report data to avoid failures from pushing reports larger than 4MB to Chef Automate.

kitchen-google

The kitchen-google plugin has been updated to use the latest version of Google’s SDK with better support for newer services.

knife-ec2

The knife-ec2 plugin has been updated to resolve an error where an EBS volume would be created when using the ephemeral option instead of attaching an ephemeral volume, and to resolve failures when bootstrapping Windows nodes if a password has not been provided. Thanks for reporting these issues @DoctorOgg and @jerseyfoxcom!

Chef Workstation 21.1.222

Updated Components

Knife

Chef Infra Client has been updated to 16.9 with the following improvements to the knife command:

  • The knife bootstrap command now properly formats the trusted_certs_dir configuration value on Windows hosts. Thanks for this fix @axelrtgs!
  • The knife bootstrap command now only specifies the ssh option -o IdentitiesOnly=yes if keys are present. Thanks for this fix @drbrain!
  • The knife status command with the -F json flag no longer fails if cloud nodes have no public IP.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.24.8 to 4.24.26. This release includes several behind-the-scenes updates as well as a few useful resource updates:

  • The parse_config resource now accepts [ and ] characters, which allows access to settings that contain dots. Thanks @rgeissert! (#5252)
  • The mssql_session resource expands its platform support to include macOS and Linux since the sqlcmd utility is now available on those platforms. Thanks @kclinden! (#5366)

Upgrade Lab

The chef report command in the Chef Upgrade Lab has been updated to work with the latest releases of Cookstyle.

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.3 to 7.5. This new release updates the RuboCop engine that powers Cookstyle in order to improve detection and autocorrect of Ruby code. The new release also offers several improvements to existing Chef Infra cops:

  • The Chef/RedundantCode/UnnecessaryNameProperty has been improved to detect additional cases where an unnecessary name property is defined in a resource.
  • Trailing whitespace in files is once again detected by enabling the renamed Layout/TrailingEmptyLines cop. Thanks for reporting this issue @mvangoor!
  • The Chef/Deprecations/DeprecatedChefSpecPlatform cop has been updated to detect newly deprecated platforms in Fauxhai when used in ChefSpec tests.

ChefSpec

Missing dependency errors running ChefSpec tests have been resolved. Thanks for the report @y0y0z!

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen has been updated from 2.8.0 to 2.9.0. This new release improves connecting to Windows hosts over WinRM from Linux systems. Connections are now made using xfreerdp to avoid CredSSP error messages that previously occurred. If you’re currently using the previous rdesktop solution, you’ll need to install xfreerdp. This solution works out of the box without configuration, making it easier to test Windows guests on Linux hosts. Thanks @ramereth!

knife-ec2

The knife-ec2 plugin for Amazon EC2 has been updated from 2.1.0 to 2.1.1 to properly report the instance name when running knife ec2 server list. Thanks for reporting this issue @isaitgirl!

Fauxhai

Fauxhai was updated from 8.6 to 8.7. Fauxhai provides mock Ohai system configuration data for use in ChefSpec unit tests. This release marked several legacy OS datasets as deprecated. The mocked data for these platforms will be removed from Fauxhai in the April 2021 release:

  • openSUSE 15.1
  • Redhat 7.6
  • CentOS 7.6
  • Linux Mint 18.3
  • All Amazon Linux 201X releases except 2018.03

To detect and update ChefSpec tests using this legacy data, run Cookstyle against your cookbooks.

Backward Incompatibilities

The Chef Push Client and knife-push plugin are no longer included in Chef Workstation. Chef Push Jobs became EOL on Dec 31, 2020.

Chef Workstation 20.12.205

Chef Infra Client 16.8.14

Chef Infra Client has been updated to 16.8.14 with many improvements to built-in resources, as well as the following improvements to the knife CLI:

  • knife bootstrap with the --forward-agent no longer results in an error. Thanks for fixing this @drbrain!
  • knife bootstrap no longer sets the SSH option -o IdentitiesOnly when no keys are specified. Thanks for fixing this @drbrain!
  • knife ssh with the --no-host-key-verify option no longer shows a deprecation warning. Thanks for reporting this issue @bipinbachhao-lilly!
  • knife ssh with the --ssh-password option no longer results in an error. Thanks for reporting this issue @evandam!
  • knife ssh with the --sudo flag will no longer silently fail. Thanks for fixing this @rveznaver!

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated to 4.24.8 including the following improvements:

  • An unset HOME environment variable will not cause execution failures
  • You can use wildcards in platform-name and release in InSpec profiles. Thanks for this improvement @yarick!
  • The WMI resource now returns an array to support returning multiple WMI objects
  • The package resource on Windows properly escapes package names. Thanks for this improvement @ramereth!
  • The grub_conf resource succeeds even if without a menuentry in the grub config
  • Loaded plugins won’t try to re-load themselves

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated to 7.3.11, which includes an updated RuboCop, two additional Chef Infra cops, and a large number of improvements to existing cops.

See the Cookstyle 7.3.11 Release Notes for details.

Kitchen-dokken

Kitchen Dokken has been updated to 2.11.2 to resolve failures from creating containers during the Test Kitchen converge. Thanks for reporting this issue @emeshuris!

Chef Workstation App

We’ve improved the Chef Workstation menu bar app to make getting started with Chef Infra easier:

  • We added links to the Chef Documentation and Learn Chef sites on the app menu bar, making it easier to find documentation for Chef products.
  • Our Release Notes are on the Chef Documentation site, making them easier to find and read.
  • The first time it launches, Chef Workstation creates the .chef directory with a sample credential file in your home directory (if you don’t already have them), making the set-up process one step easier.

Chef Workstation 20.12.187

Breaking Changes

Foodcritic Removal

Foodcritic was deprecated in September 2019 and we are removing it in this release. In its place, Chef Workstation comes with Cookstyle, which has over 200 Chef Infra-specific rules. Foodcritic commands now result in an error message directing users to Cookstyle.

See our Goodbye, Foodcritic blog post for more details.

Stove Removal

We’ve removed the Stove binary, which was included in Chef Workstation, but not added to the default path. We added Stove’s functionality of pruning files from artifacts uploaded to Supermarket (such as test files) to the knife supermarket share command. You no longer need stove to upload trimmed artifacts to Supermarket.

Red Hat 6 EOL

Red Hat 6 / CentOS 6 entered end-of-life on November 30th, 2020. We have removed platform support for RHEL 6 from our build matrix and will no longer publish packages. If you require Chef Workstation on a RHEL platform you’ll need to upgrade to Red Hat or CentOS 7/8.

See Red Hat’s 6.0 End of Maintenance Phase FAQ page for more information.

Windows Bootstrap Improvements

We’ve improved the knife bootstrap experience for Windows. Windows hosts now respect the knife bootstrap --secret flag and sets up nodes correctly to use encrypted data bags. Thanks for reporting this issue @AMC-7! Additionally, we now force connections to use TLS 1.2 during the bootstrap procedure, which prevents failures on Windows 2012-2016. Thanks for this improvement @TimothyTitan!

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client was updated from 16.6 to 16.7. This new release includes significant performance improvements to Windows resources as well as extensive bug fixes throughout the codebase.

Habitat

Habitat was updated from 1.6.56 to 1.6.181, which includes a large number of studio and supervisor improvements.

git

The bundled git client was updated from 2.28 to 2.29.2. See the git 2.29.0 release notes for the most significant new functionality introduced in this release.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen was updated from 2.7.2 to 2.8.0. This release improves how we execute commands on Windows hosts in order to avoid failures executing commands that are too long for the windows command line. Thanks for this fix @ramereth!

Kitchen Google

The Kitchen Google driver for Test Kitchen was updated from 2.0.3 to 2.1.0. This release adds a new network_ip config for an IPv4 internal IP address to assign to the instance. The driver automatically assigns an unused internal IP to an unconfigured network_ip. Thanks @eReGeBe for this new feature!

Fauxhai

Fauxhai was updated from 8.4 to 8.6. Fauxhai provides mock Ohai system configuration data for use in ChefSpec unit tests. This release adds AIX 7.2 and macOS 11.0 platform data and deprecated the macOS 10.13 data.

Chef Workstation 20.11.180

Improvements

fauxhai

The fauxhai library is updated from 8.3.1 to 8.4.0 and includes new support for CentOS 7.8, RedHat 7.8, and openSUSE 15.2, as well as updates to existing platform data for Chef Infra Client 16.6.

Cookstyle

The Cookstyle linting tool has been updated from 6.21.1 to 7.2.1, with new cops and a new cop naming format.

New Cop Naming Format

Cookstyle now ships with the RuboCop 1.x engine. This new release of RuboCop has enabled us to improve the naming scheme for Cookstyle cops. Previously all Cookstyle cops started with Chef and then included the description of what the department actually did such as ChefDeprecations, which was for deprecation cops. Cop names are now three parts instead of two, so ChefDeprecations/SomeCop becomes Chef/Deprecations/SomeCop. Why the change? Using this format makes it much easier to enable just the Chef specific cops in Cookstyle without having to list each individual department. Now you can run cookstyle --only Chef to see just Chef Infra related cops without the additional few hundred Ruby specific cops provided by RuboCop. Cookstyle will automatically migrate any comments to the new department names, but anything in your .rubocop.yml will need to be updated manually.

New Name Mapping

  • ChefCorrectness -> Chef/Correctness
  • ChefDeprecations -> Chef/Deprecations
  • ChefEffortless -> Chef/Effortless
  • ChefModernize -> Chef/Modernize
  • RedundantCode -> Chef/RedundantCode
  • ChefSharing -> Chef/Sharing
  • ChefStyle -> Chef/Style
New Cops
Style/CollectionCompact

The Style/CollectionCompact cop detects code that removes nil values from Hashes or Arrays using a Ruby block when this can be done with the compact method instead.

Examples:

Overly complex nil removals:

array.reject { |e| e.nil? }
array.select { |e| !e.nil? }

Simpler nil removal:

array.compact
Chef/Deprecations/FoodcriticTesting

The Chef/Deprecations/FoodcriticTesting cop detects cookbooks with a Gemfile that requires Foodcritic or any code, such as a Rakefile/Guardfile, that requires the Foodcritic gem. Foodcritic is no longer supported and has been significantly eclipsed in functionality by Cookstyle. Any existing Rakefile or Guardfile tests for Foodcritic should be updated to use Cookstyle instead.

Enabled by default: True

Autocorrects: False

Chef/Deprecations/LibrarianChefSpec

The Chef/Deprecations/LibrarianChefSpec cop detects ChefSpec tests that require the legacy chefspec/librarian library. Librarian Chef is no longer supported and users should migrate to Berkshelf or Policyfiles.

Enabled by default: True

Autocorrects: True

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec is updated from 4.23.11 to 4.23.15. A bug fix included ensuring that waiver expiration data is always populated.

chef-vault

We’ve updated the release of chef-vault to 4.1. Chef Vault 4.1 properly handles escape strings in secrets and greatly improves performance for users with large numbers of secrets. Thanks for the performance work @Annih!

Kitchen Vagrant

The kitchen-vagrant plugin is updated from version 1.7.1 to 1.7.2 with a bug fix to no longer stop with an error when updating a Vagrant box that has not yet been downloaded.

Kitchen vCenter

The kitchen-vcenter plugin is updated from version 2.8.2 to 2.9.0, which includes support for Windows guest customization and improved support for nested datacenters.

Chef Workstation 20.10.168

Security Updates

Ruby has been updated to 2.7.2, which includes a fix for CVE-2020-25613.

Improvements

Install times on Windows systems are now 2.5x faster.

Chef Workstation Powershell Shortcut

We removed the administrator requirement from the PowerShell shortcut added to the Desktop on install. Users who desire this existing functionality should right-click and Run as administrator on this shortcut.

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 16.5.77 to 16.6.14. This release adds support for Microsoft’s pwsh (commonly known as PowerShell Core) in addition to its previous support for PowerShell. The powershell_script resource includes a new interpreter property that accepts either powershell or pwsh, the powershell_out and powershell_exec custom resource helpers have been updated with a new argument that accepts either :pwsh or :powershell, and the powershell_exec helper now supports the 32-bit version of Windows.

This release also improves the Target Mode feature by converting the majority of Ohai plugins to run remotely, adds a new chef_client_config resource, and fixes various bugs.

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 6.19.5 to 6.21.1. This release includes an updated RuboCop engine, improves scan times, fixes various bugs, and adds 3 new cops:

Lint/RedundantSafeNavigation

The Lint/RedundantSafeNavigation cop detects redundant save navigation operators in order to simplify code. For example attrs&.respond_to?(:[]) can be simplified to just attrs.respond_to?(:[]) because respond_to? will not error even if attrs is not defined.

ChefCorrectness/OctalModeAsString

The ChefCorrectness/OctalModeAsString cop detects mode properties that incorrectly use a string to represent an octal value. We highly recommend using strings that contain a base 10 mode value, but even if you want to use octal values, they can’t be passed as strings.

ChefDeprecations/UseYamlDump

The ChefDeprecations/UseYamlDump cop detects cookbooks that use the .to_yaml method. Chef Infra Client 16.5 introduced performance enhancements to Ruby library loading and due to the underlying implementation of Ruby’s .to_yaml method, it does not automatically load the YAML library. We recommend using YAML.dump() instead, which is functionally equivalent, and also properly loads the YAML library.

Kitchen EC2

The kitchen-ec2 gem has been updated from 3.7.2 to 3.8.0. This release allows multiple IP addresses to be specified when creating a security group and fixes a bug when creating spot instances.

Kitchen Dokken

The kitchen-dokken gem has been updated from 2.11.0 to 2.11.1 This release improves how kitchen-dokken determines if containers are available for connections.

knife-ec2

The knife-ec2 plugin has been updated from 2.0.4 to 2.0.6. This release fixes an error that would occur when using the --server-connect-attribute private_ip_address flag.

Chef Workstation 20.9.158

Security Updates

OpenSSL 1.0.2w

OpenSSL has been updated to 1.0.2w, which includes a fix for CVE-2020-1968.

False Positive chef.exe Malware Detection

Recently we received reports that chef.exe was triggering users’ anti-virus software. We confirmed that we are shipping the latest security patches that we can and are not shipping malware to users. This is a false positive and we submitted a report as such to Microsoft. They corrected their security definitions and are no longer marking chef.exe as malware. If you get errors trying to run the chef command in PowerShell or have issues starting the Chef Workstation shell shortcut, most likely Windows Defender already quarantined your chef.exe executable. You can either un-quarantine that file or reinstall Chef Workstation to fix this issue.

We also submitted a false positive report to McAfee, but have yet to hear back from them.

Improvements

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 16.4.41 to 16.5.77. This release includes two new resources, updates to 10 existing resources, and the following CLI improvements:

  • The client license acceptance logic has been improved to provide helpful error messages when an incorrect value is passed and to accept license values in any text case.
  • A new chef-client process exit code of 43 has been added to signal that an invalid configuration was specified. Thanks @NaomiReeves !
  • The knife vault commands now output properly formatted text when using -f json or -f yaml formatters.
  • The knife ssh command no longer hangs when connecting to Windows nodes over SSH.
  • The knife config commands have been renamed to make them shorter and table output has been improved:
    • knife config get-profile -> knife config use
    • knife config use-profile [NAME] -> knife config use [NAME]
    • knife config list-profiles -> knife config list
    • knife config get -> knife config show

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 6.16.10 to 6.19.5. This release includes eight new Chef Infra cops and twelve new Ruby cops to help you identify deprecations and invalid code in your cookbooks. It also includes several performance and memory usage improvements to speed up Cookstyle scans.

Chef InSpec

InSpec has been updated from 4.22.22 to 4.23.11. This release includes a --no-diff CLI option to suppress diff output for textual tests, a --sort_results_by CLI option to sort control output, and implements a sensitive mechanism to hide sensitive output.

knife-opc

The knife-opc plugin has been updated from 0.4.6 to 0.4.7. This release includes a new --all-info flag for use with the knife opc user list command. This flag provides additional details on each listed user:

antima_gupta:
  display_name: Antima Gupta
  email:        agupta@example.com
  first_name:   Antima
  last_name:    Gupta
pivotal:
  display_name: Chef Server Superuser
  email:        root@localhost.localdomain
  first_name:   Chef
  last_name:    Server

kitchen-azurerm

The kitchen-azurerm plugin has been updated from 1.2.0 to 1.4.0. This release includes multiple bug fixes, as well as a new use_fqdn_hostname config option that forces using the instance’s FQDN for all communication.

kitchen-dokken

The kitchen-dokken plugin has been updated from 2.10.0 to 2.11.0. This release works with newer Docker API releases and resolves Ruby 2.7 compatibility warnings.

kitchen-ec2

The kitchen-ec2 plugin has been updated from 3.7.1 to 3.7.2. This release now avoids beta releases of Red Hat when searching for AMIs to converge.

kitchen-inspec

The kitchen-inspec plugin has been updated from 2.0.0 to 2.2.1. This release includes the ability to disable input caching in InSpec, as well as a fix for using the junit reporter under Test Kitchen.

kitchen-vcenter

The kitchen-vcenter gem has been updated from 2.7.12 to 2.8.2. This release includes the ability to enable IP customization using DHCP, as well as minor performance improvements.

Performance Improvements

We made updates to kitchen-azurerm and Chef Infra Client, various knife gems to autoload dependencies. This should reduce the startup time of these gems by not trying to load a gazillion files on program startup. If these performance improvements function well, we plan to continue rolling this autoloading pattern to more gems to continue performance improvements.

Bug Fixes

Chef CLI

The chef install command will no longer fail if a Policyfile.lock.json file exists, but no Policyfile.rb exists.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen has been updated from 2.6.0 to 2.7.2. This release fixes a bug when trying to use concurrency. Some plugins did not support concurrency and would raise an exception when run concurrently. Plugins now run concurrently by default, and known non-concurrent ones are being marked as such. In this case that plugin will run serially. For example, the InSpec verifier is not concurrent. If used with the AWS driver (for example) the machines would be created in parallel but verified serially.

Chef Workstation 20.9.136

Improvements

FIPS support

Starting with this release, we added FIPS support for Chef Workstation. This includes support for all the Ruby-based tools, such as knife, chef-client, and kitchen, but does not include support for some of our newer tools, such as the Chef Workstation App and the Upgrade Lab flow.

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 16.4.38 to 16.4.41. This release:

  • Resolves an error that would prevent ipaddress detection on Windows hosts
  • Fixes failures running the knife configure command
  • Refactors the timezone resource to properly load the existing timezone value in order to improve logging, and the data exposed to Chef Automate and handlers.

chef-run

chef-run has been updated to add support for YAML-based recipes introduced in Chef Infra Client 16. Users can specify a YAML recipe in the same way that they would normally specify a Ruby recipe, such as chef run target chef_repo/recipes/my_recipe.yml.

NOTE: We incorrectly said we released this feature in Chef Workstation 20.6.62, but the updated dependency was not pulled for that release. 😢

Chef Vault

Chef Vault has been updated from 4.0.6 to 4.0.11. This release raises a warning if the input of the vault admin is anything other than an array.

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 6.15.5 to 6.16.10. This release makes Cookstyle 16% faster, while also improving detection in many existing Chef cops. The RuboCop engine that powers Cookstyle has been updated to 0.90 with improvements to greatly speed up autocorrection while consuming less memory. This release also fixes an issue where Cookstyle was not detecting invalid Ruby syntax.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.22.8 to 4.22.22. This release includes new windows_firewall and windows_firewall_rule resources, a junit2 reporter, as well as numerous bug fixes and improvements.

Kitchen AzureRM

Kitchen AzureRM has been updated from 1.0.0 to 1.2.0. This release includes:

  • Support for deletion or preservation of resource group tags with a new destroy_explicit_resource_group_tags config that defaults to true
  • Default password generation increased to 25 characters to avoid failures on newer Windows releases
  • Multiple README and documentation fixes. Thanks @jasonwbarnett!

Kitchen vCenter

Kitchen vCenter has been updated from 2.7.9 to 2.7.12. This release allows storing the images created by Test Kitchen in nested folders. Thanks @cattywampus!

Platform Packages

  • We now produce macOS Big Sur (11.0) packages for Chef Workstation

Chef Workstation 20.8.125

Improvements

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 16.3.45 to 16.4.38. This release resolves an issue with knife bootstrap that prevented bootstrapping Windows nodes from a non-Windows Workstation. It also updates 8 built-in resources.

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 6.14.7 to 6.15.5. This updates the RuboCop engine to 0.89. This new release also enabled several new Ruby cops that were helpful in writing quality cookbooks and disabled several naming and code length cops that were not helpful when writing cookbooks.

Chef InSpec

InSpec has been updated from 4.22.1 to 4.22.8. This release adds a new sensitive parameter to MySQL and Postgres sessions that, when enabled, shows REDACTED in the command output. Thank you @fzipi!

kitchen-vagrant

kitchen-vagrant has been updated from 1.6.1 to 1.7.0. This release adds new box_auto_update and box_auto_prune options to pull newer Vagrant base boxes. Thank you @Stromweld!

markdownlint

markdownlint (mdl) has been updated from 0.9.0 to 0.10.0. This release updates Dockerfile to work with modern markdownlint, updates the minimum version of kramdown, and updates the minimum version of RuboCop to consume security fixes.

Fauxhai

Fauxhai has been updated to 8.3.1 providing updated mocked Ohai platform data for use with ChefSpec. This release adds Debian 9.12 data, updates all Ubuntu releases to the latest patch releases, and updates CentOS 8 to be the 8.2 release. This release also deprecates several of the older platform versions so you may start to see additional platform deprecation warnings when running ChefSpec. To avoid these deprecations in the future make sure to specify just the major version of the platform when writing ChefSpec. For example, use Debian “10” instead of “10.3” to always use the latest version of Debian 10 data.

Chef Vault

Chef Vault has been updated to 4.0.6 to resolve errors when running some knife vault commands.

Security

CA Root Certificates

The included cacerts bundle in Chef Workstation has been updated to the 7-22-2020 release. This new release removes 4 legacy root certificates and adds 4 additional root certificates.

Reduced Dependencies

We’ve audited the included dependencies that we ship with Chef Workstation to reduce the 3rd party code we ship. We’ve removed many of the embedded binaries that shipped with the package in the past, but were not directly used. We’ve also reduced the feature set built into many of the libraries that we depend on, and removed several Ruby gem dependencies that were no longer necessary. This reduces the future potential for CVEs in the product and reduces package size at the same time.

Bug Fixes

Chef Workstation App

Chef Workstation App has been updated to fix a bug where dialog boxes would incorrectly pop up when the app started before internet connectivity was available causing the update check to fail. This no longer results in a dialog box and the update check will run after internet connectivity has been restored.

Chef Workstation 20.8.111

Improvements

.chef Home Directory

The first time you execute the chef command, it checks for the presence of the ~/.chef directory. If it does not exist, chef creates it. Some tools included in Chef Workstation raise an error if that directory does not exist, so we are attempting to add more safeguards to ensure that it does.

Habitat Version Reporting

chef -v output has been updated to display the included Habitat version. We also updated the Chef Workstation App to include the Habitat version on the ‘About’ page.

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 16.2.73 to 16.3.45.

We took a hard look at many of the terms we’ve historically used throughout the Chef Infra Client configuration sub-system and came to the realization that we weren’t living up to the words of our Community Code of Conduct. From the code of conduct: “Be careful in the words that you choose. Be kind to others. Practice empathy”. Terms such as blacklist and sanity don’t meet that bar so we’ve chosen to rename these configuration options:

  • automatic_attribute_blacklist -> blocked_automatic_attributes
  • default_attribute_blacklist -> blocked_default_attributes
  • normal_attribute_blacklist -> blocked_normal_attributes
  • override_attribute_blacklist -> blocked_override_attributes
  • automatic_attribute_whitelist -> allowed_automatic_attributes
  • default_attribute_whitelist -> allowed_default_attributes
  • normal_attribute_whitelist -> allowed_normal_attributes
  • override_attribute_whitelist -> allowed_override_attributes
  • enforce_path_sanity -> enforce_default_paths

Existing configuration options will continue to function for now, but will raise a deprecation warning and will be removed entirely from a future release of Chef Infra Client.

This release includes the new windows_firewall_profile resource and updates eight existing resources. It also includes improvements to knife. See the release notes for full details!

This update resolves failures from negotiating protocol versions with the Chef Infra Server. It also improves log output on Windows systems in the hostname resource and adds support to the archive_file resource for pzstd compressed files.

Knife Improvements
  • Ctrl-C can now be used to exit knife even when being prompted for input.
  • knife bootstrap will now properly error if attempting to bootstrap an AIX system using an account with an expired password.
  • knife profile commands will no longer error if an invalid profile was previously set.
  • The -o flag for knife cookbook upload can now be used on Windows systems.
  • knife ssh now once again accepts legacy DSS host keys although we highly recommend upgrading to a more secure key algorithm if possible.
  • Several changes were made to knife to that may prevent intermittent failures running cookbook commands

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 6.12.6 to 6.14.7. This release includes seven new cops, including ones to modernize resource writing and clean up macos_userdefaults usage.

Chef InSpec

InSpec has been updated from 4.21.3 to 4.22.1. This release includes the following improvements:

  • The = character is now allowed for command line inputs.
  • apt-cdrom repositories are now skipped when parsing out the list of apt repositories.
  • Faulty profiles are now reported instead of causing a crash.
  • Errors are no longer logged to stdout with the html2 reporter.
  • macOS Big Sur is now correctly identified as macOS.

knife-opc

knife-opc has been updated from 0.4.4 to 0.4.6. This release fixes hydrate errors raised when running knife opc user edit USERNAME.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen has been updated from 2.5.3 to 2.5.4. This update rolls back a change we introduced around fixing root_path usage. We are going to take another stab at fixing this and will include that in the next version of Chef Workstation.

kitchen-vcenter

kitchen-vcenter has been updated from 2.7.0 to 2.7.8. This release adds the ability to customize the guest OS as well as supporting data centers stored in folders. It also updates the vSphere interface gem (rbvmomi) to the latest major release.

Chef Workstation 20.7.96

New Features

Chef Workstation 20.7.81

Improvements

Chef CLI

The Chef CLI’s chef generate cookbook command has been updated to generate a more complete chefignore file.

ChefSpec

ChefSpec was updated from 9.1 to 9.2 which now supports cookbooks that include Ohai plugins in the ‘ohai’ directory. It also adds support for Chef 16’s after_resource.

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 6.7 to 6.9 with an updated RuboCop engine and additional Chef Infra cops.

RuboCop 0.86

RuboCop has been updated to 0.86 which includes several bug fixes to prevent false positives and includes new autocorrection capabilities.

Improvements for Chef Infra Client 16.2

Chef Infra Client 16.2 contains additional changes to the way that resource names are specified in order to avoid edge cases in resource naming. When setting the name of a custom resource, provides should now be used instead of resource_name. When writing cookbooks that support Chef Infra Client earlier than version 16, you’ll want to use both provides and resource_name to support all releases.

To support these changes we’ve made several updates to existing cops. The ChefDeprecations/ResourceUsesOnlyResourceName cop has been updated to add provides in addition to resoure_name instead of replacing resource_name with provides. This change ensures that cookbooks will continue to function on versions of Chef Infra Client prior to version 16. The ChefDeprecations/ResourceWithoutNameOrProvides cop has also been renamed to ChefDeprecations/HWRPWithoutProvides and improves detection of resources without provides. Both cops now better validate the contents of existing provides calls.

InSpec

InSpec was updated from 4.19 to 4.21. This new release includes the following improvements:

  • Certain substrings within a .toml file no longer cause unexpected crashes.
  • Accurate InSpec CLI input parsing for numeric values and structured data, which were previously treated as strings. Numeric values are cast to an integer or float and YAML or JSON structures are converted to a hash or an array.
  • Suppress deprecation warnings on inspec exec with the --silence-deprecations option.

knife bootstrap

The knife bootstrap command has been updated with several fixes and improvements

  • knife bootstrap will now warn when bootstrapping a system using a validation key. Users should instead use validatorless bootstrapping with knife bootstrap which generates node and client keys using the client key of the user bootstrapping the node. This method is far more secure as an organization-wide validation key does not need to be distributed or rotated. Users can switch to validatorless bootstrapping by removing any validation_key entries in their config.rb (knife.rb) file.
  • Resolved an error bootstrapping Linux nodes from Windows hosts
  • Improved information messages during the bootstrap process
  • Bootstrapping will now be done using a single SSH connection improving bootstrap times on high latency network connection.

Knife Tidy

Knife Tidy has been updated from 2.0.12 to 2.1.0 which adds support for a --keep-versions command line flag. Specifying this keeps a minimum number of versions of each cookbook and defaults to 0.

net-ssh

net-ssh has been updated from 5.2.0 to 6.1.0 which includes the following updates:

  • Support empty lines and comments in known_hosts.
  • Add sha2-{256,512}-etm@openssh.com MAC algorithms.
  • curve25519sha256 support.

Ohai

Ohai was updated from 16.1 to 16.2 which correctly identifies the new macOS Big Sur (11.0) beta as the platform mac_os_x.

Platform Packages

  • Debian 8 packages are no longer being produced as Debian 8 is now end-of-life.
  • We now produce Windows 8 packages.

Backward Incompatibilities

  • gerkin and cucumber-core gems no longer ship by default with Chef Workstation.

Chef Workstation 20.6.62

Major Version Change

Starting with this release, Chef Workstation is switching to a date-based versioning scheme. The major number represents the year, the minor number represents the month, and the patch number represents the build number. For example, 20.6.111 would refer to the June 2020 release at build number 111.

We decided to switch to a date-based version because Chef Workstation is a collection of tools meant to be used by humans and not machines. Dates are easier to relate and reference, whereas SemVer makes it easier to convey API changes and backward-incompatible changes.

The Chef Workstation team introduced feature flags as a way of introducing new functionality or breaking changes alongside bundled tool updates. The Chef Workstation team will document feature flags in the release notes and Chef Workstation App tool.

This change gives us the ability to change human-centric tools more rapidly than strict adherence to SemVer allowed us to. We will not break major tool flows (except in the scope of a feature flag), but rather we want users to always stay up-to-date on the latest release and consume iterative updates to their tooling.

Breaking Changes

chef-sugar removal

With the introduction of chef-utils in Chef Infra Client 15, we now ship nearly 100 of the most important helpers from chef-sugar directly in Chef Infra Client. Including these helpers is the right thing to do for users and makes them easier to maintain. Now that this functionality is included, users no longer need to install the chef-sugar gem or use the chef-sugar cookbook, so we removed them from Chef Workstation.

Security Updates

OpenSSL

OpenSSL was updated from 1.0.2u to 1.0.2v with the following message:

*) Implemented coordinate blinding for the generic implementations of both binary and prime elliptic curves to avoid leaking bits of the scalar and, potentially, bug attacks. A group of security researchers and cryptographers from academia and industry, listed below, reported a successful cache timing attack in OpenSSL 1.0.2u against specific prime and binary curves whose order or field length is close to a word boundary. They also provided the fix. This attack does not fit the OpenSSL threat model and so no CVE is assigned, but a fix is implemented nonetheless. [Diego F. Aranha, Akira Takahashi, Mehdi Tibouchi, Yuval Yarom]

Rake

Rake was updated from 12.3.2 to 13.0.1 to resolve CVE-2020-8130.

Upgrade Lab

Chef Upgrade Lab is a new process guide for upgrading nodes from legacy Chef Infra Client 12 to current Chef Infra Client 16 using a powerful set of new tools.

Upgrade Lab Guide

The Upgrade Lab Guide teaches users how to leverage the new tools in Chef Workstation to upgrade their older Chef Infra installations to the latest version. Users will learn how to query their existing infrastructure to identify a single node to upgrade, capture the state of that node to a local development workstation, iterate locally on cookbook changes to support the latest version of Chef Infra Client, deploy the updated cookbook to a new Chef Infra Server instance, and finally upgrade the installed version of Chef Infra Client on the node.

The new report command

Use the new chef report command to analyze a Chef Infra Server and quickly get insight into which nodes and cookbooks are best suited for upgrading. The chef report nodes command lists all nodes on the server and describes which cookbooks are used by each node. The chef report cookbooks command lists cookbooks and the nodes that consume them, and can even analyse the cookbooks using cookstyle to look for potential upgrade issues in the recipes!

The new capture command

chef capture is a powerful interactive CLI experience that analyzes a single node on the Chef Infra Server, then helps you locate the cookbooks it consumes, downloads the node data, and even creates a local Test Kitchen configuration. This enables you to start upgrading your cookbooks while running Chef Infra Client in a local virtual machine for rapid development.

VSCode Integration

As you iterate on your cookbooks, you can make your changes directly in Visual Studio Code assisted by the Chef Infra Extension. It provides code completion and integration with cookstyle, including auto-correction of recipe code issues.

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client 16

Chef Infra Client has been updated to Chef 16. This release adds tons of new features and improvements, including these highlights:

  • Cookbook authors can now write simple recipes in YAML.
  • New resources for setting the client to run on an interval using native system schedulers.
  • New windows_security_policy and windows_user_privlidge resources.
  • Resource partials allow you to define reusable portions of code that can be included in multiple custom resources.
  • Built-in support for Chef Vault, so no need to depend on the chef-vault cookbook or gem.
  • Improved performance on Windows systems.

See the Chef Infra Client 16 Release Notes for details on all the great new features and improvements, as well as breaking changes.

Chef executables

chef-run and chef have been updated to add support for YAML-based recipes introduced in Chef Infra Client 16. Users can specify a YAML recipe in the same way that they would normally specify a ruby recipe (chef run target chef_repo/recipes/my_recipe.yml, chef install, etc.).

chef generate cookbook has also been updated to use the latest CentOS and Ubuntu releases in Test Kitchen and ChefSpec configuration files.

Cookstyle 6.7

Cookstyle has been updated from 6.3.4 to 6.7.3. This new release includes 8 new Chef Infra cookbook cops as well as an updated RuboCop engine, which includes a large number of autocorrection improvements and bug fixes. It also enables a ChefModernize/FoodcriticComments, encouraging users to migrate off Foodcritic and includes improved Chef Infra Client version documentation for each cop.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.18.111 to 4.19.0. This new release allows you to develop your own Chef InSpec Reporter plugin and determine how Chef InSpec will report result data. Additionally, the inspec archive command packs your profile into a tar.gz file that includes the profile in JSON form as the inspec.json file. Use this JSON file to programmatically examine the profile without needing to load it into Chef InSpec.

Kitchen Hyper-V

The Kitchen Hyper-V driver has updated from 0.5.3 to 0.5.4, which resolves failures from getting the default VM Switch if there were spaces in the name. Thanks @kdoores for this improvement.

Kitchen DigitalOcean

The Kitchen DigitalOcean driver has updated from 0.10.6 to 0.11.0. This release adds slugs for Ubuntu 20.04 / RHEL 8 / Fedora 31 support, and adds support for VPCs. Thanks @zmaupin, @tolland, and @gregf for these improvements.

Ruby 2.7

Chef Workstation’s Ruby installation has been updated from Ruby 2.6 to Ruby 2.7.1, which includes many features available for use in resources and libraries.

See https://medium.com/rubyinside/whats-new-in-ruby-2-7-79c98b265502 for details on many of the new features.

Windows 10

Our Windows 10 Chef Workstation packages now receive an additional layer of testing to ensure that they function as expected.

Updates to Homebrew Cask

We moved Chef Workstation out of our custom tap and into the core Homebrew casks. If you use Homebrew to keep your Chef Workstation version updated, you will need to run the following:

brew update
brew cask reinstall chef-workstation

The reinstall command removes chef-workstation if it was installed from our custom tap (previously installed with brew cask install chef/chef/chef-workstation), and installs it from the list of core Homebrew casks.

Chef Workstation 0.18.3

New features

Kitchen OpenStack

Chef Workstation now ships with Kitchen OpenStack so you can test your Chef Infra cookbooks using instances in OpenStack clouds. See the Kitchen Openstack GitHub repo for usage information. Thanks @ramereth for all the work getting this driver ready to ship in Workstation.

Ubuntu 20.04 Packages

Chef Workstation packages are now created for Ubuntu 20.04! See the Workstation Downloads Page for a complete list of platforms we produce packages for.

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client 15.10

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 15.8 to 15.10 which includes improvements to resources, additional cookbook helpers, and critical bug fixes for bootstrapping nodes using knife bootstrap and SSHing to nodes with ed25519 keys from Windows hosts. For a complete list of changes, see the Chef Infra Client 15.10 release notes

Cookstyle 6.3

Cookstyle has been updated from 5.22 to 6.3. This new release includes an updated RuboCop engine which includes a large number of autocorrection improvements and bug fixes, plus compatibility with Ruby 2.7. Cookstyle also ships with a large number of autocorrection improvements and 18 new Chef Infra cops. Included in the new cops are cops to get your cookbooks ready for Chef Infra Client 16.

Note: The updated RuboCop engine has renamed many of the out-of-the-box Ruby cops which may require updating cop names in your .rubocop.yml config. Additionally, this release will now fail Cookstyle runs if any of the ChefDeprecations department cops that shipped at the time of Cookstyle 5.22 alert. Any new cops we add will be added at the warning level until Cookstyle 7.0 ships. This gives you time to update your cookbooks using the latest Cookstyle releases without immediately failing CI builds.

Fauxhai 8.1

Fauxhai has been updated from 7.6 to 8.1. Fauxhai is the engine that provides ChefSpec with mocked Ohai data, allowing you to writes ChefSpecs for multiple platforms. This release updates all of the mocked Ohai data to be generated with Chef Infra Client 16. It also updates the list of platforms that are included in the mocked data. We’ve added new platforms and removed deprecated platforms that have generated warnings for the last year. To avoid deprecation warnings in your ChefSpecs in the future, you can avoid specifying the minor versions of releases and instead let ChefSpec choose the latest platform for you. For example, instead of specifying platform: 'centos', version: '7.7.1908' you can instead set platform: 'centos' or platform: 'centos', version: '7'.

New Platforms
  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • openSUSE 15.1
  • Raspbian 10
  • Fedora 31
  • Redhat 7.7
  • CentOS 7.7.1908
Removed Platforms
  • Raspbian 8.0
  • Debian 9.2 / 9.3 / 9.4 / 9.5 / 9.6
  • Fedora 26/27/28
  • FreeBSD 10.4
  • macOS 10.11 / 10.12
  • openSUSE 42.2 / 42.3
  • CentOS 6.8 / 7.3.1611 / 7.4.1708
  • Debian 7.11
  • FreeBSD 10.4
  • Oracle Linux 6.8 / 7.3 / 7.4
  • Redhat 6.8 / 7.3
  • SUSE 11.4 / 12.1 / 12.2
  • Ubuntu 17.10

Chef InSpec 4.18.111

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.18.100 to 4.18.108. This update includes the following fixes and improvements:

  • Resolved a regression that prevented the service resource from working correctly on Windows. Thanks @Axuba
  • Implemented VMware and Hyper-V detection on Linux systems
  • Implemented VMware, Hyper-V, Virtualbox, KVM and Xen detection on Windows systems
  • Added helpers virtual_system? and physical_system?. Thanks @tecracer-theinen

Chef CLI

The Chef CLI has been updated from 2.0 to 2.0.10. This fixes chef update to properly add cookbooks from include_policies to the PolicyFile lockfile. This release also supports new Chef Infra 16 YAML recipes in the chef install command.

Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen itself has been updated to from 2.4.0 to 2.5.0. This release includes support for Ohai plugins stored in the ohai directory of cookbooks and also resolves failures using the PowerShell provisioner. Thanks @SAPDanJoe and @alanghartJC for these improvements.

Kitchen AzureRM

The Kitchen AzureRM driver was updated from 0.15.1 to 1.0. This release fixes several failures from running the Kitchen Azurerm driver. It also includes support for Azure Marketplace plans and Managed Service Identity (MSI). Thanks @jasonwbarnett, @zanecodes, @albertvaka, and @KSerrania for these improvements.

Kitchen Hyper-V

The Kitchen Hyper-V driver has been updated from 0.5.3 to 0.5.4 which resolves failures from getting the default VM Switch if there were spaces in the name. Thanks @kdoores for this improvement.

Kitchen DigitalOcean

The Kitchen DigitalOcean driver has been updated from 0.10.5 to 0.10.6. This release adds slugs for RHEL 8 / Fedora 31 support and updates the default instance memory size to 1GB. Thanks @zmaupin and @tolland for these improvements.

Kitchen EC2

The Kitchen EC2 driver has been updated from 3.3 to 3.5. This release lets the driver cleanly exit if the test instance was destroyed outside of the Test Kitchen run, either by automation or in the console. Test Kitchen will also now select the subnet with the most available IPs to better distribute systems across multiple Availability Zones. Thanks @bdwyertech and @kamaradclimber for these improvements.

Kitchen InSpec

The Kitchen InSpec verifier has been updated to allow setting Chef InSpec plugins for use during the verification. This new functionality can be enabled by adding load_plugins: true to your InSpec verifier config. Thanks @tecracer-theinen for this improvement.

Kitchen vCenter

The Kitchen vCenter driver has been updated from 2.6.4 to 2.7.0 which adds the ability to define transformations for VM IPs that are used in 1:1 NAT environments. This release also includes improved fallback for DC lookups to use methods that may work with less privileged users. Thanks @tecracer-theinen and @jasonwbarnett for these improvements.

Kitchen Dokken

The Kitchen Dokken driver has been updated from 2.8.1 to 2.9.0. This release adds a new provisioning configuration, clean_dokken_sandbox, that does not require cleaning the Chef Infra and Test Kitchen files between converges. This configuration will speed up repeatedly converging systems. This defaults to true which maintains the existing behavior. Thanks @chrisUsick

Knife Plugins

Knife Tidy

Knife Tidy has been updated from 2.0.9 to 2.0.12 which provides compatibility with Chef Infra Client 15 and improves error handling in JSON parsing.

Knife Azure

Knife Azure was updated from 2.0.13 to 2.0.17 which resolves issues from loading plugin requirements.

Knife EC2

Knife EC2 has been updated from 1.0.32 to 1.0.36. This update resolves failures from bootstrapping nodes in classic EC2 and avoids attempting to bootstrap nodes using private DNS which may not be accessible from the node running the bootstrap command.

Security Updates

Git

Git was updated from 2.24.1 to 2.26.2 to resolves the following CVEs:

libarchive

libarchive was updated from 3.4.0 to 3.4.2 to resolve the following CVEs:

  • CVE-2019-19221: archive_wstring_append_from_mbs in archive_string.c has an out-of-bounds read because of an incorrect mbrtowc or mbtowc call
  • CVE-2020-9308: archive_read_support_format_rar5.c in libarchive before 3.4.2 attempts to unpack a RAR5 file with an invalid or corrupted header

Ruby

Ruby was updated from 2.6.5 to 2.6.6 to resolve the following CVEs:

  • CVE-2020-16255: Unsafe Object Creation Vulnerability in JSON (Additional fix)
  • CVE-2020-10933: Heap exposure vulnerability in the socket library

Chef Workstation 0.17.5

Updated Components

Chef InSpec 4.18.100

Chef InSpec has been updated to 4.18.100 to fix the following bugs:

  • We fixed a problem in which the sudo password would appear to be ignored even if provided.
  • We resolved an issue in which profiles could not be fetched from an Automate server.
  • The release property of the platform resource no longer breaks for Chef Habitat with Linux.

Test Kitchen 2.4.0

Test Kitchen has been updated to 2.4.0. This update will now pass the CHEF_LICENSE environmental variable, if it is set, from the host workstation to any created machines. The CHEF_LICENSE environmental variable is used to accept the required EULA. Any environmental variables on the host machine that start with TKENV_ will also be passed to created machines with that prefix removed.

The base verifier was updated to support a downloads configuration. This configuration will download files from the created machines to the host machine after running verification. It expects a hash from locations on the created machine to locations on the host machine:

downloads:
  "/tmp/kitchen/nodes": "./test/fixtures"

Chef Workstation 0.16.33

Updated Components

knife-ec2

knife-ec2 has been updated to 1.0.32 to fix a regression in profile support. Using profiles with knife ec2 server create is working correctly again.

Markdown Lint

Markdown Lint has been updated to 0.9.0. This release adds support for nested code blocks as well as block quoted list items. Thank you @jaymzh!

Reverted Components

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been reverted to 4.18.51 to fix some escaped defects. We are currently working on a fix and will update to the latest version of Chef InSpec as soon as the fixes are released.

Chef Workstation 0.16.32

Updated Components

knife-ec2

knife-ec2 has been updated to 1.0.32 to fix a regression in profile support. Using profiles with knife ec2 server create is working correctly again.

Markdown Lint

Markdown Lint has been updated to 0.9.0. This release adds support for nested code blocks as well as block quoted list items. Thank you @jaymzh!

Reverted Components

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been reverted to 4.18.51 to fix some escaped defects. We are currently working on a fix and will update to the latest version of Chef InSpec as soon as the fixes are released.

Chef Workstation 0.16.31

Improved Knife Performance

We’ve optimized knife to provide a huge performance increase. Knife commands are now more than 3x faster on Windows and more than 4.5x faster on macOS.

Chef Workstation App Improvements

The Chef Workstation App now runs at boot and launches after installing Chef Workstation. We’ve also added a new preferences dialog on macOS that allows you to set Chef Workstation preferences without using the config file.

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client 15.8.23

Chef Infra Client has been updated to 15.8.23 with updated resources, a new notify_group feature, and dozens of new helpers to make writing cookbooks easier than ever. Check the complete release notes for details on docs.chef.io

Chef InSpec 4.18.85

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.18.51 to 4.18.85. This release includes a large number of bug fixes in addition to some great resource enhancements:

  • The service resource features new support for yocto-based linux distributions. Thank you to @michaellihs for this addition!
  • The package resource now includes support for FreeBSD. Thank you to @fzipi for this work!
  • We standardized the platform for the etc_hosts, virtualization, ini, and xml resources.
  • The oracledb_session resource works again due to a missing quote fix.
  • The groups resource on macOS no longer reports duplicates anymore. command.exist? now conforms to POSIX standards. Thanks to @PiQuer!
  • We changed the postfix_conf resource’s supported platform to the broader unix. Thank you to @fzipi for this fix!

Cookstyle 5.21.9

We updated Cookstyle from 5.20.0 to 5.21.9. This release adds 4 new Chef Infra cops and improves many existing cops:

ChefStyle/UnnecessaryOSCheck

The ChefStyle/UnnecessaryOSCheck cop checks cookbooks that use node['os'] to check the operating system of a node, when they could instead use the platform_family?() helper. All values of os from Ohai match one-to-one with platform_family values, except for linux which has no single equivalent plaform_family.

ChefModernize/SimplifyAptPpaSetup

The ChefModernize/SimplifyAptPpaSetup cop detects apt_repository resources that setup Ubuntu PPAs by using their full URL. For example, http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/atom/ubuntu can be simplified to just ppa:webupd8team/atom.

ChefRedundantCode/StringPropertyWithNilDefault

The ChefRedundantCode/StringPropertyWithNilDefault cop detects String type resource properties that set their default value to nil. All String type properties default to nil, so this does not need to be set.

ChefRedundantCode/PropertySplatRegex

The ChefRedundantCode/PropertySplatRegex cop detects String type resource properties that validate their input with a regex of /.*/. This regex will match on any String value and is not necessary.

Other Cookstyle fixes and changes
  • ChefDeprecations/IncludingYumDNFCompatRecipe will now remove any inline conditionals around the include_recipe statement during autocorrection so that it does not leave behind invalid Ruby.
  • ChefDeprecations/WindowsTaskChangeAction will no longer fail when the action value is not a String type value.
  • ChefSharing/InvalidLicenseString will not autocorrect apache v2 to Apache-2.0.
  • Layout/EndAlignment and Layout/DefEndAlignment now have autocorrection enabled to eliminate the need for manually fixing indentation in cookbooks.
  • ChefStyle/UsePlatformHelpers now detects and autocorrects node['platform'].eql?() usage.
  • Style/ModuleFunction cop has been disabled because this caused library helpers to fail to load.
  • All metadata cops now properly autocorrect legacy metadata that included HEREDOCs.
  • The TargetRubyVersion is now set to 2.3 to match the version of Ruby that shipped in Chef Infra Client 12. This config value is used to enable/disable cops and autocorrection that may break Ruby code in these older Chef Infra Client releases. If you are on a later release of Chef Infra Client, you can set this value to Ruby 2.6 to enable additional cops and autocorrection.

Fauxhai 7.6

Fauxhai has been updated to 7.6 with FreeBSD 12.1 data for use in ChefSpec. Thanks to @nhuff!

kitchen-vcenter 2.6.4

kitchen-vcenter has been updated to 2.6.2. This update fixes multiple bugs from spinning up nodes in Test Kitchen. Thanks @leotaglia and @cattywampus for these fixes.

knife-ec2 1.0.31

knife-ec2 has been updated to 1.0.31 with a fix for SSH connection failures that occurred if the instance has no public DNS name.

chef-apply 4.1.5

chef-apply has been updated to 4.1.5 to add the missing CHEFVAL001 error message.

ChefSpec 9.1

ChefSpec has been updated to 9.1 with a new matcher include_any_recipe that allows you to write specs to ensure that cookbooks aren’t including recipes. Thanks @jasonwbarnett. This release also fixes a bug mocking out the Chef::Provider class when a cookbook uses Poise’s resource_provider_mixin. Thanks @Annih for this fix.

Platform Support

Chef Workstation packages are now validated on Debian 10.

Chef Workstation 0.15.18

Bug Fixes

  • We fixed an issue with the macOS Catalina (10.15) notarization process. In Chef Workstation 0.15.6, users were seeing errors when trying to run chef install and other tools. These errors had a message similar to: terminated by signal SIGKILL (Forced quit)). This type of error was caused by ffi attempts to load native bindings into insecure memory, which is disabled by default in MacOS Catalina. We added an entitlement to allow this loading to happen.

    Apple previously detailed updates to the notarization process that takes effect on February 3rd, 2020. You can read about the notarization requirements and process here.

Updated Components

  • Updated win32-service from 2.1.4 to 2.1.5. This version removes deprecation warnings about the ffi gem from being outputted on Windows. Thank you @Dreweasland for this fix!

Chef Workstation 0.15.6

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 15.6 to 15.7 which includes improvements to the archive_file, cron, cron_d, file, launchd, sudo, user, windows_task, and x509_certificate resources as well as the usual collection of bug fixes and bootstrap improvements.

Berkshelf

Berkshelf has been updated from 7.0.8 to 7.0.9, which resolves errors when running berks verify and when using the --skip-syntax-check flag.

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 5.19 to 5.20 with a new Chef cop ChefDeprecations/DeprecatedChefSpecPlatform to detect legacy platforms in ChefSpecs. This release also includes improvements to autocorrection and detection of deprecated content in the Chef cops.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.18.39 to 4.18.51 with the following improvements:

  • Example groups can now use InSpec resources
  • The user resource can now check the last login date on Windows
  • Improved the fetchers to fail consistently

Debian Support

We now produce Chef Workstation packages for Debian 8 and 9.

macOS Binary Signing

Each binary in the macOS Chef Workstation installation is now signed to improve the integrity of the Workstation installation and improve compatibility with future macOS updates.

Chef Workstation 0.14.16

Workstation App on Windows

The Chef Workstation App is now installed by default on Windows and is no longer considered experimental. If you would like to run this application at boot to ensure your system stays up to date, you can select this option during the installation.

Smaller Size

We continue to optimize the size of the Chef Workstation package with this release taking up 9% less space on disk and containing nearly 5,000 fewer files.

Updated Components

chef-vault

The chef-vault gem has been updated to 4.0.1. This release includes bug fixes from @MarkGibbons and @jeremy-clerc as well as a new way to update existing keys to sparse-mode by running knife vault update --keys_mode sparse thanks to @jeunito.

knife-ec2

knife-ec2 has been updated to 1.0.26 with multiple bug fixes for provisioning new systems in EC2.

kitchen-ec2

kitchen-ec2 has been updated to 3.3.0. This new version improves how we search for security groups by tags, improves the logic that detects usage of the chef Test Kitchen provisioner, and improves security group and spot instance logic. Thanks @slapvanilla and @bdwyertech for these enhancements.

Cookstyle 5.19

Cookstyle has been updated from 5.16 to 5.19. This new release contains 7 new Chef Cops and a large number of detection and autocorrection improvements for existing cops:

ChefRedundantCode/GroupingMetadata

The ChefRedundantCode/GroupingMetadata cop removes the legacy grouping metadata from the metadata.rb file. This metadata was never consumed by any Chef Infra services and does not need to be defined.

ChefStyle/OverlyComplexSupportsDependsMetadata

The ChefStyle/OverlyComplexSupportsDependsMetadata cop cleans up overly complex methods of declaring supports or depends metadata via an array. This rule will detect and correct the array or each form of declaring this metadata when there are fewer than three items.

Overly complex metadata:

%w(windows apt).each |cb|
  depends cb
end

Simpler form:

depends 'apt'
depends 'windows'
ChefModernize/ResourceForcingCompileTime

The ChefModernize/ResourceForcingCompileTime cop detects hostname, build_essential, chef_gem, and ohai_hint resources that are being set to run at compile-time by forcing an action on the resource block. These resources include compile-time properties which should be set to force the resources to run at compile-time.

ChefModernize/ExecuteSysctl

The ChefModernize/ExecuteSysctl detects the usage of execute to load sysctl values. Chef Infra Client 14.0+ includes the sysctl resource which should be used to idempotently add or remove sysctl values without the need for chaining file and execute resources.

ChefModernize/DslIncludeInResource

The ChefModernize/DslIncludeInResource cop detects resources and providers that include either the Chef::DSL::Recipe or Chef::DSL::IncludeRecipe classes. Starting with Chef Infra Client 12.4+, this is done automatically for each resource and provider.

ChefRedundantCode/AptRepositoryNotifiesAptUpdate

The ChefRedundantCode/AptRepositoryNotifiesAptUpdate cop detects apt_repository resources that notify an execute resource to run apt-get update. Updating apt cache is performed automatically when the apt_repository makes any updates to the repository config and doesn’t need to be performed again afterward.

ChefRedundantCode/AptRepositoryDistributionDefault

The ChefRedundantCode/AptRepositoryDistributionDefault cop detects apt_repository resources that set the distribution property to node[’lsb’][‘codename’] which is the default and does not need to be set in cookbook code.

Security Updates

OpenSSL

OpenSSL has been updated to 1.0.2u to resolve CVE-2019-1551

Git

The embedded git client has been updated to 2.24.1 to resolve the following CVEs:

Chef Workstation 0.13.35

Performance Improvements

This release of Chef Workstation ships with several optimizations to our Ruby installation to improve the performance of loading the various commands bundled with Workstation. These improvements are particularly noticeable on non-SSD hosts and on Windows.

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client 15.6.10

Chef Infra Client has been updated to 15.6.10 which includes multiple resource fixes and optimizations.

Cookstyle 5.16

Cookstyle has been updated from 5.13 to 5.16 with 22 new cops, improvements to existing cops, a new TargetChefVersion config option, and expanded cop departments.

TargetChefVersion Config

Cookstyle now includes a new top-level configuration option TargetChefVersion. This new configuration option works similarly to RuboCop’s TargetRubyVersion config option and allows you to specify a Chef Infra version that you want to target in your Cookstyle analysis. This prevents Cookstyle from autocorrecting cookbook code in a way that would make your cookbook incompatible with your desired Chef Infra Client version. It also makes it easier to perform staged upgrades of the Chef Infra Client by allowing you to step the TargetChefVersion one major version at a time.

Example .rubocop.yml config specifying a TargetChefVersion of 14.0:

AllCops:
  TargetChefVersion: 14.0
New ChefSharing and ChefRedundantCode Departments

Cookstyle now includes two new Chef cop departments with a large number of existing cops moved into these more appropriate departments. Our goal is to have clearly defined cop departments that can be enabled or disabled to detect particular conditions in your cookbooks. Cops in the new ChefSharing department are focused around sharing cookbooks internally or on the public Supermarket. This includes things like ensuring proper license strings and complete metadata. Cops in the ChefRedundantCode category detect and correct unnecessary cookbook code. Anything detected by ChefRedundantCode cops can be removed regardless of the Chef Infra Client release you run in your infrastructure, so these are always safe to run.

With the addition of these new departments, we’ve moved many cops out of the ChefCorrectness department. Going forward only cops that detect code that may fail a Chef Infra Client run or cause it to behave incorrectly will be included in this category. We hope that ChefCorrectness along with ChefDeprecations are used in most cookbook CI pipelines.

kitchen-azurerm

kitchen-azurerm has been updated from 0.14.9 to 0.15.0 with the following improvements:

  • Enable the WinRM HTTP listener by default. Thanks @sean-nixon
  • Allow overriding the subscription_id by setting the AZURE_SUBSCRIPTION_ID ENV variable
  • Add a new nic_name config. Thanks @libertymutual
  • Support for creating VM with Azure KeyVault certificate. Thanks @javgallegos

kitchen-dokken

kitchen-dokken has been updated to 2.8.1 which fixes a bug that prevented ENV vars from being passed into containers.

kitchen-google and knife-google

kitchen-google and knife-google plugins have been updated to allow the updated google-api-client SDK v0.34.

knife-ec2

knife-ec2 has been updated from 1.0.17 to 1.0.21 with the following fixes:

  • Resolved a missing credential error when using aws-profile.
  • Mask AWS access keys data in any error or debug logs.
  • Raises an error if password length is less than 8 characters on Windows and will stop warning on passwords over 14 characters.

knife-tidy

knife-tidy has been updated from 2.0.1 to 2.0.6 to resolve issues if an org was named cookbooks and to improve error messages.

mixlib-install

mixlib-install has been updated from 3.11.21 to 3.11.24, which properly identifies Windows 2019 hosts.

Chef Workstation 0.12.20

Updated Components

Chef Infra Client

The Chef Infra Client has been updated from 15.4.45 to 15.5.16 with updated helpers, Chefignore improvements, and a new chef_sleep resource:

New Cookbook Helpers

Chef Infra Client now includes a new chef-utils gem which ships with a large number of helpers to make writing cookbooks easier. Many of these helpers existed previously in the chef-sugar gem. We have renamed many of the named helpers for consistency while providing backwards compatibility with existing chef-sugar names. Existing cookbooks written with chef-sugar should work unmodified with any of these new helpers. Expect a Cookstyle rule in the near future to help you update existing chef-sugar code to use the newer built-in helpers.

For more information on all of the new helpers available, see the chef-utils readme

Chefignore Improvements

We’ve reworked how chefignore files are handled in knife which has allowed us to close out a large number of long outstanding bugs. knife will now traverse all the way up the directory structure looking for a chefignore file. This means you can place a chefignore file in each cookbook or any parent directory in your repository structure. Additionally, we have made fixes that ensure that commands like knife diff and knife cookbook upload always honor your chefignore files.

chef_sleep Resource

The new chef_sleep resource can be used to sleep for a specified number of seconds during a Chef Infra Client run. This may be helpful to use with other commands that return a completed status before they are actually ready. In general, do not use this resource unless you truly need it.

Using with a Windows service that starts, but is not immediately ready:

service 'Service that is slow to start and reports as started' do
  service_name 'my_database'
  action :start
  notifies :sleep, chef_sleep['wait for service start']
end

chef_sleep 'wait for service start' do
  seconds 30
  action :nothing
end

Cookstyle

The Cookstyle cookbook linter has been updated from 5.10 to 5.13 and includes 17 new Chef cops for detecting deprecated and outdated cookbook code. This release also updates the underlying RuboCop engine used by Cookstyle which includes a large number of bug fixes that better detect violations and prevent false positives. See the Cookstyle Release Notes for a complete list of changes between 5.10 and 5.13.

This new release also allows you to use cookstyle specific comments in your cookbook code to enable or disable cops instead of the standard rubocop comments. We think that it will be easier to understand the cops that you intend to control if you use cookstyle comments. You can continue to use the existing rubocop comments, if you prefer them, since both types of comments will be honored by Cookstyle.

Rubocop comment to disable a cop:

'node.normal[:foo] # rubocop: disable ChefCorrectness/Bar'

Cookstyle comment to disable a cop:

'node.normal[:foo] # cookstyle: disable ChefCorrectness/Bar'

Foodcritic

Foodcritic has been updated from 16.1.1 to 16.2.0. This release includes a fix for detecting incorrect notification actions and ships with updated Chef Infra Client Metadata. Keep in mind that Foodcritic is no longer being actively developed and users should migrate to Cookstyle instead.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.18.0 to 4.18.39. This release includes a large number of bug fixes to resources:

  • The service resource now includes a startname property for Windows and systemd services.
  • The nginx resource now includes parsing support for wildcard, dot prefix, and regex.
  • The iis_app_pool resource now handles empty app pools.
  • The filesystem resource now supports devices with very long names.
  • The apt better handles URIs and supports repos with an arch.
  • The oracledb_session has received multiple fixes to make it work better.

knife-ec2

The knife-ec2 plugin has been updated from 1.0.16 to 1.0.17 which includes a fix for an error when launching non-T2 type instances.

Performance Improvements

This release of Chef Workstation ships with several optimizations to our Ruby installation that improve the performance of the included commands, especially on Windows systems. Expect to see more here in future releases.

Smaller Installation Size

We’ve continued to optimize Chef Workstation to reduce the install size. Chef Workstation 0.12 has ~5% fewer files than the 0.11 release. Stay tuned for further optimizations of our install footprint in the coming months.

Chef Workstation 0.11.21

Two Important Regression Fixes:

  • Fixes Test Kitchen, which once again works with Policyfiles on Windows.
  • Fixes Chef CLI commands, so once again commands with user input such as chef exec or license acceptance succeed.

Notable Updates

  • The Workstation menu bar application supports dark mode on macOS.
  • The Workstation install size is now ~4% smaller! More improvements to come!

New Components

mdl

Chef Workstation includes the mdl command line tool for linting markdown.

Updated Components

Cookstyle

We updated Cookstyle to 5.10.13, which includes 11 new Chef cops for detecting deprecated code and refactoring some legacy Heavy Weight Resource Providers (HWRPs).

Fauxhai-ng

We updated Fauxhai-ng to 7.5.1, which fixes missing platform_family data in the opensuse-15 data file.

Test Kitchen

We updated Test Kitchen has to 2.3.4, which includes more robust code for finding the Chef binary on Windows and also improves some logging messages.

kitchen-inspec

We updated the kitchen-inspec plugin to 1.3.1, which allows relative paths in the GIT fetcher and resolves failures when using inputs.

Security Updates

libxlst was updated from 1.1.30 to 1.1.34 to resolve these vulnerabilities:

Chef Workstation 0.10.41

Updated Components

Updated Chef Command Line

This release lays the ground work for massive speed improvements to the chef command. A new native binary chef command will allow us to slowly replace code with significantly faster native code. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming months.

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 15.3 to 15.4 with updated resources and several significant fixes to knife bootstrap. See the Chef Infra Client 15.4 Release Notes for a complete list of the new and improved functionality.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.16 to 4.18 with the following changes:

New Features
  • We have released our beta Chef InSpec plug-in for HashiCorp Vault. Check it out in our inspec-vault GitHub repo and let us know what you think – or better yet, start jumping in and contributing with us on it.
  • Waivers, our new beta feature, was added to Chef InSpec! Waivers allows you to better manage compliance failures. We would love to hear your feedback on this! See the InSpec Waivers documentation for more details.
Improvements
  • The interface resource now has a name property.
  • Expanded user resource to include the passwordage, maxbadpasswords, and badpasswordattempts properties with Windows.
  • The sys_info resource now supports ip_address, fqdn, domain, and short options when giving a version of the hostname.
  • Sped up initial load/response time for all commands by removing pre-leading of resources on invocation of inspec.
  • If an error occurs when using the json resource with a command source, you will now get the error message from STDERR returned in the report.
  • We improved the formatting of the usage help, so what you see when you type inspec exec --help should look better!

Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 5.6.2 to 5.9.3, which includes 13 new Chef cops, improved detection in existing cops, and improved autocorrection. See the Cookstyle 5.7, 5.8, and 5.9 release notes for additional information on the new cops.

knife-google

knife-google was updated from 3.3.7 to 4.2.0 with support for bootstrapping nodes with Chef Infra Client 15 and adding multiple local SSD interfaces to a new instance.

knife-vsphere

knife-vsphere was updated from 4.0.1 to 4.0.3, which resolves a bug in determining the state of instances.

knife-vcenter

knife-vcenter was updated from 2.0.3 to 2.0.6 to fix vm clone operations.

kitchen-digitalocean

kitchen-digital has been updated from 0.10.4 to 0.10.5 to add Debian-10 and FreeBSD-12 image aliases.

Security Updates

Ruby

Ruby has been updated from 2.6.4 to 2.6.5 in order to resolve the following CVEs:

  • CVE-2019-16255: A code injection vulnerability of Shell#[] and Shell#test
  • CVE-2019-16254: HTTP response splitting in WEBrick (Additional fix)
  • CVE-2019-15845: A NUL injection vulnerability of File.fnmatch and File.fnmatch?
  • CVE-2019-16201: Regular Expression Denial of Service vulnerability of WEBrick’s Digest access authentication

Chef Workstation 0.9.42

New Software

kitchen-vcenter

We now include the kitchen-vcenter plugin for Test Kitchen. This is the official Chef Test Kitchen plugin for the VMware REST API. This plugin gives Test Kitchen the ability to create, bootstrap, and test VMware vms.

knife-azure

We now include the knife-azure plugin for Knife. This plugin is used to create, delete, and enumerate Microsoft Azure resources to be managed by Chef.

knife-vcenter

We now include the knife-vcenter plugin for Knife. This is the official Chef Knife plugin for the VMware REST API. This plugin gives Knife the ability to create, bootstrap, and manage VMware vms.

Software Updates

chef CLI

The chef -v command has been updated to run much faster. Yay!

Chef Infra Client

Chef Infra Client has been updated from 15.2 to 15.3 with updated resources, a new way to write streamlined custom resources, and updated platform support! See the Chef Infra Client 15.3 Release Notes for a complete list of the new and improved functionality.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.10.4 to 4.16.0 with the following changes:

  • A new postfix_conf has been added for inspecting Postfix configuration files.
  • A new plugins section has been added to the InSpec configuration file which can be used to pass secrets or other configurations into Chef InSpec plugins.
  • The service resource now includes a new startname property for determining which user is starting the Windows services.
  • The groups resource now properly gathers membership information on macOS hosts.

See the Chef InSpec 4.16.0 Release Notes for more information.

Chef Workstation App

Chef Workstation App has been updated with the following changes:

  • Updated all dialog windows to match the Chef design.
  • Removed the menu (file, edit, etc.) from Windows to match the style guide.
  • Fixed the About Chef Workstation Page links (Package Details, License Agreement, and Release Notes).
  • Fixed the update interval so it automatically notifies about new releases.
  • Fixed the “Switch To Channel” button.

Cookstyle