Chef Infra Client 16.11.7 Released!

Hey folks,

Today we released Chef Infra Client 16.11.7 with our first Apple M1 architecture builds along with other great improvements. Be sure to check it out.

Native Apple M1 Architecture Packages

We now build and test native Apple M1 architecture builds of Chef Infra Client. These builds are available at, our script, and the Omnitruck API.

Chef InSpec 4.28

Chef InSpec has been updated from 4.26.4 to 4.28.0:

New Features

  • 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.
  • 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.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Upgraded openSSL on macOS from 1.0.2 to 1.1.1 in order to support Apple M1 builds.
  • Resolved an issue that caused the DNF and YUM package helpers to exit with error codes, which would show up in system logs.
  • Added a new attribute to make the upcoming Compliance Phase an opt-in feature: node['audit']['compliance_phase']. This should prevent the Compliance Phase from incorrectly running when using named run_lists or override run_lists. If you're currently testing this new phase, make sure to set this attribute to true.
  • chef_client_cron: the append_log_file property now sets up the cron job to use shell redirection (>>) instead of the -L flag

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 16.11.7

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

# In Shell
$ curl | sudo bash -s -- -P chef -v 16.11.7
# In Windows Powershell
. { iwr -useb } | iex; install -project chef -version 16.11.7

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: 16.11.7