Chef Infra Client 15.16.7 released!

Hey Everyone,

To celebrate Friday we have a nice new release of Chef Infra Client 15 for you. This release includes several backported fixes from Chef Infra Client 16 and our upcoming Chef Infra Client 17 release. Keep in mind as we get closer to the April 28th release of Chef Infra Client 17, that once 17 is released Chef Infra Client 15 will become end-of-life (EOL). Barring any last-minute security updates, this will be the very last release of Chef Infra Client 15.

For more information on our upcoming Chef Infra Client release be sure to join us for our Launch Celebration on April 28th.

What's new in 15.16:

Fixes and Improvements

  • Improved license acceptance failure messaging if incorrect values are provided.
  • License acceptance values are no longer case sensitive.
  • Resolved several failures that could occur in the windows_certificate resource.
  • Improved handling of WinRM connections when bootstrapping Windows nodes.
  • Switched docker containers back to EL6 packages to prevent failures running the containers with Kitchen Dokken to test RHEL 6 systems.
  • Fixed non-0 exit codes in the Yum and DNF helper scripts which caused errors in system logs.
  • Fixed package failures in FreeBSD due to changes in pkgng exit codes.
  • Added support for client.d configuration files in chef-shell.

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.24.8 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.
  • You can now directly refer to settings in the nginx_conf resource using the its syntax. Thanks @rgeissert!
  • 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!

Bug Fixes

  • The --reporter-message-truncation option now also truncates the code_desc field, preventing failures when sending large reports to Automate.
  • 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.
  • 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 branches now correctly use the first value when a setting is repeated.
  • 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.


Upgraded OpenSSL to 1.0.2y, which resolves 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.

Get the Build

As always, you can download binaries directly from or by using the mixlib-install command-line utility:

$ mixlib-install download chef -v 15.16.7

Alternatively, you can install Chef Infra Client using one of the following command options:

# In Shell
$ curl | sudo bash -s -- -P chef -v 15.16.7
# In Windows Powershell
. { iwr -useb } | iex; install -project chef -version 15.16.7

If you want to give this version a spin in Test Kitchen, create or add the following to your kitchen.yml file:

  product_name: chef
  product_version: 15.16.7