Meeting Notes for January 6, 2022

Below are the meeting notes for this week's Community Meeting, a text-based meeting held weekly in #community-meetings on our community slack, which you can join:


Kiah Tolliver shared

Let's get started with a few updates from DevRel:
ICYMI: we’re kicking off the year strong with two webinars next week, in addition to re-starting our live stream schedule.

  • Product roadmap updates, with emphasis on our 2022 plans!
  • Product Roadmap Community Updates - January - Webinar | Chef
  • @Sudharshan Kaushikk takes us through a quick and easy tour of Chef’s Azure Marketplace offerings:
  • Azure Marketplace: Streamline your Chef Deployments in Minutes! - Webinar | Chef


  • 1/11 Community Project highlight - CINC/Sous-Chefs
  • 1/13 Interview with Hackathon winner - Marcelo Zambrana Villarroel

This week’s releases

Chef Automate

Kiah Tolliver shared

  • Automate 2 version 20211220104140 Released! This release contains a few security updates and improvements. Use the link to check it out.
  • Automate 2 version 20220103112354 Released! This release added support for externally deployed PostgreSQL 13.

Chef Infra Server

Kiah Tolliver shared

  • Chef Infra Server 14.11.36 Released! This release comes with a few bug fixes and security updates
  • Chef Infra Server 14.11.31 Released! This release updates Elasticsearch/log4j. It also resolves the new DDoS attack issue in log4j.

Chef Infra Client

Kiah Tolliver shared

  • Chef Infra Client 17.9.18 Released! This release contains large scale refactoring of the yum package resource to resolve a bucket of edge conditions, new secrets helper support for HashiCorp Vault with AppRole auth, and improved system/hypervisor detection support for VMware from our partner TecRacer.
  • Chef Infra Client 17.9.26 Released! We fixed a bug and made some minor performance improvements with this release.

Chef Workstation

Kiah Tolliver shared

  • Chef Workstation 21.12.720 Released! This release comes with a pile of nice bug fixes, improvements, and performance enhancements so be sure to check it out.

Other releases

Kiah Tolliver shared

  • Chef Supermarket 4.2.82 Released! This release includes GitHub Enterprise support, SPDX license information for each shared cookbook, improvements to cookbook deprecations, and a bunch of security enhancements.
  • Chef Supermarket 4.2.89 Released! This release contains a few UI fixes and improved search results.
  • Chef Manage 3.2.35 Released! This release contains a few minor security updates and bug fixes. If you're still using Manage be sure to check out this new release


Chef Automate

Ankur Mundhra shared

Hello community
Wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2022! Automate team has been working on the following things over the last 2 weeks:

  • ES upgraded to 6.8.22 (fixes CVE-2021-45046, CVE-2021-44228, CVE-2021-22137, CVE-2021-22144)
  • Fixed issue to ensure that zipped profiles can be uploaded to Automate
  • Supports externally deployed PostgreSQL 13
  • Upgraded the embedded version of Chef Infra Server to 14.11.36
  • WebUI key based Server addition is being explored in dev branch
  • IAM actions for Infra Server views is in development
  • Improved way to handle large compliance report is being developed

Chef Habitat

mwrockx shared

Hello from Habitat!
This week's updates:

  • Making progress on next core-plans refresh

  • Working on adding hart size and promotion times to package metadata shown in builder

  • Working on HA on-prem builder support

  • Removing long-standing dead code in builder

  • Addressed a job server panic bug

Chef Infra Client

tas50 shared

Hey everyone. It's been a slow few weeks with the holidays, but we're getting back into the swing of things

  • We did a few releases of Infra Client 17 that were mentioned above. New features, bug fixes, and some minor performance optimizations
  • New Cookstyle 7.26.1 is out. This has a new RuboCop engine with a ton of bug fixes and we also turned on 2 new RuboCop cops that simplify how you read/write files in libraries and resources. I've seen PRs flying in sous-chefs already to simplify things
  • Work continues on moving the client.pem to the windows cert store
  • We investigated rewriting our user/group creation on macOS to use native API calls since Apple's CLI utilities are missing some key functionality.
  • We're digging into some issues with Omnibus where we may be calling some system libraries instead of omnibus packaged libraries. This is blocking the release of FreeBSD 13 packages
  • RHEL 9 and Amazon 2022 package work in our infra is underway
  • We're starting work on automatically rotating Infra Client logs to prevent the need for logrotate or funky hacks on Windows

Chef Infra Server

Lincoln Baker shared

Hello! Happy New Year :slight_smile: Here are some updates for Chef Infra Server- Finished docs enhancements for chef-server-ctl backup and restore.

  • Investigating: knife ec backup with --purge option does not cleanup ACLs for clients and nodes.

  • Investigating: Case sensitive/insensitive search for manage GUI and hosted.

  • Begin work on migrating from ElasticSearch to OpenSearch.

Chef Inspec

cwolfe shared

  • Expanding support for more containerization systems on the virtualization resource
  • Adding support for explicit permission matching on Windows to the file and registry_key resources
  • Adding a kernel_parameters resource to list Linux kernel params
  • Modifying the iptables resource to optionally ignore comments
  • A fix for multiline results with the mssql_session resource
  • Adding support for SSL authentication with WinRM

Chef Workstation

Vikram Karve shared

Hi All! We had a Workstation release in December'21 & another one coming up soon...Work-in-progress

  • Continuing on implementing chef env in Golang
  • Our initial analysis on state of telemetry is over, we are now adding workstation install related telemetry
  • Continuing to update build scripts to support Apple M1
  • Addressing the -c and -D flag handling in some chef subcommands
  • The Community Tools team has made significant progress on updating kitchen-vra plugin to support vRA8. PR is created for the vmware-vra-gem, the PR for kitchen-vra will follow soon.
  • Begun assessing state of test coverage and report generation in relevant repos
  • Working to support AIX for chef ad hoc runs

Sous Chefs

ramereth shared

Hello from the Sous Chefs!

Here's the list of new releases in the past week:

  • consul - 5.3.0: Fix wrong number of arguments when calling action :enable service on Windows platform

  • consul - 5.3.1: Fix idempotency checks for consul_token and consul_policy

  • daemontools - 1.6.4: Cookstyle fixes

  • docker - 10.1.5: Fix generate_json not accepting a variable number of arguments

  • docker - 10.1.6: Add debian 11 support

  • homebrew - 5.3.0

  • Various Apple M1 fixes

  • Remove deprecated --full option for Homebrew (Breaking upstream CLI change!)

  • Update tests

  • nano - 3.0.0: Enabled unified_mode

  • percona - 3.1.1: Fix root password setting for version >= 5.7

  • pyenv - 4.0.0

  • Enabled unified_mode true

  • Bump required Chef version to 15.3

  • Other misc fixes

  • ruby_build - 2.2.0

  • support Chef temporary directory being located on a volume mounted noexec

  • support Ruby installation directory being created ahead of time

  • selinux - 6.0.2: Cookstyle fixes

  • yum - 7.2.1: Fix version comparison in dnf_module supported check

We also have some other work that's still in progress related to yum and some yum repos among the latest cookstyle PRs

Cinc Updates

ramereth shared

Hello from the Cinc Project!

Cinc Client

  • Released 17.9.26

Cinc Auditor

  • Released 4.25.9

Cinc Server

  • Released 14.11.15, 14.11.21, 14.11.31, 14.11.36 via the unstable channel
  • These releases contain fixes when upgrading from an older release of Cinc Server or Chef Server

Cinc Workstation

  • Released 21.12.720 via the unstable channel

I'm going to try and focus on getting the workstation build "stable" by double checking we have all the wordmarks fixed. That's the only reason we don't have it in the stable channel. I'm also trying to find time to fix the issues with our Cinc 17 Windows builds

Other updates

tas50 shared

  • If you're a Hosted Chef user the upgrade is complete and Hosted Chef is now on the latest Chef Infra Server with fancy new PostgreSQL and new APIs for Policyfiles
  • Supermarket is up next. We're going to move it to a whole new infrastructure that will be much easier to keep updated as time goes on. This should improve performance plus you'll get all the new features we've released over the last few months. Keep an eye out for Cookstyle in Supermarket followed up by InSpec Profiles front and center in Supermarket
  • Other upcoming releases to be excited for: Workstation is just about to ship and we have a big CVE fix / version bump update coming out for Chef Backend users
  • The last bit I'll leave you with is that we're going to start working on Infra 18 in the next few weeks. You'll see us slow down releasing 17 releases after main becomes 18 and 17 becomes a stable branch. Step one is forking off all the branches and then we'll see what we need to do to pull in Ruby 3.1

See you next week!

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