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Ole Herman Elgesem

Security holiday calendar - Part 2

Thank you for following along with our security themed holiday calendar. Today, we summarize the last half of the calendar, in case you missed some days. Part 1 recap (12/25) A couple of weeks ago, on the 12th of December, we posted a recap of the first 12 days: cfengine.com/blog/2022/security-holiday-calendar-part-1 File integrity monitoring with CFEngine (13/25) On the 13th, we took a look at how you can use File Integrity monitoring in CFEngine for similar functionality to AIDE:

December 25, 2022

CFEngine 3.21 LTS released - Unification

Today, we are pleased to announce the release of CFEngine 3.21.0! The focus of this new version has been unification. Across our websites and UI, you should see that it’s a much more modern and unified experience, whether you’re reading this blog post on cfengine.com, browsing the new documentation site, looking for modules on the CFEngine Build website, or adding input to modules within Build in Mission Portal. This release also marks an important event, the beginning of the 3.

December 21, 2022

5 security hardening CFEngine policy examples

Throughout the security holiday calendar, we’ve looked at modules for enforcing security requirements. Writing the policy to achieve these security hardening goals is easy. By learning how, you can write policy (or modules) for any requirements, including those specific to your organization. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at five beginner-level examples to get you started, focusing on the most common resources to manage with CFEngine; files and packages.

December 19, 2022

Security holiday calendar - Part 1

As it was well received last year, we decided to do another security-focused holiday calendar this year. The concept was roughly the same, but instead of only adding security hardening modules, we’ve also added in some other security advice and blog posts to improve the variety. Now that we’re halfway through to 24 (or 25), let’s recap the first half of the calendar. The problematic remote shell (rsh) (1/25) Remote shell (rsh) allows you to log in and send commands to another computer over the network.

December 12, 2022

Updates, upgrades, and uptime

All software of any significant size has bugs, vulnerabilities, and other weaknesses. This includes the operating system (OS), libraries, command line tools, services and graphical applications. Across your infrastructure, you should have an overview of what operating systems and software you have installed. Additionally, automated ways of upgrading the OS, as well as packages are desirable. Finally, ways of highlighting problematic hosts (with old operating systems and software) and prioritizing them helps your efforts to upgrade and secure your machines.

December 2, 2022

CFEngine 3.15.7 and 3.18.3 released

We are pleased to announce two new patch releases for CFEngine, version 3.15.7 and 3.18.3! These releases mainly contain bug fixes and dependency updates. 3.15: Last release and end of life 3.15.7 is the last planned release for the 3.15 LTS series, which is supported until December 2022. Please reach out to support if you need help with upgrading or need to purchase extended support; on January 1st 2023, 3.15 is no longer supported.

November 14, 2022

Scary stories you won't believe until they happen to you!

For halloween this year, we wanted to share some scary scenarios along with security recommendations to help avoid them. All the names, companies and characters are made up, but the events and experiences are based on things which could happen, or have happened in the real world. 1. Horrors of the logging library Mary the sysadmin looks over at her monitoring system, noticing an increase in requests with special characters. She recognizes the strings as log4shell vulnerability exploit attempts.

October 27, 2022

CFEngine 3.20 released - Modularity

Today, we are pleased to announce the release of CFEngine 3.20.0! Over the past few years we’ve focused on ease of use, new user experience, and out of the box value, giving you the ability to do much more through only the Mission Portal Web UI. This has resulted in several important steps forward; policy analyzer, compliance reports, host specific data (CMDB), and CFEngine Build with custom promise types and other modules.

July 1, 2022

CFEngine 3.15.6 and 3.18.2 released

We are pleased to announce two new patch releases for CFEngine, version 3.15.6 and 3.18.2! These releases mainly contain bug fixes and dependency updates. What’s new Some smaller features and improvements were added to 3.18.2. Most of these are centered around newer functionality, such as compliance reports. Compliance report widgets and improved UI Compliance reports are one of our most powerful report types, allowing you to compile all your security and compliance requirements into one checklist, and easily see exactly how many hosts are failing and passing each check.

June 29, 2022

CFEngine Build System version 2

A while back we released version 2 of cfbs, and even though we release versions of this tool quite frequently, without announcing it on the blog, we thought this was a good opportunity to talk a bit about the tool, what’s new and our direction with it in the future. The reason why we called this the “2.0” release is that we are trying to follow semantic versioning, and there were some big new features in the release which could be considered breaking changes.

June 14, 2022
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