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Secure your hosts with CFEngine Build modules

Last year, we launched functionality for users to add policy for reporting data, compliance reports, promise types, and other code as modules. With CFEngine Build, users can manage and update their own policy, the default policy and any additional modules separately. This makes it very easy to utilize policy or other modules written by the CFEngine team, or other community members. In this post we will take a look at using some modules to improve the security of our infrastructure.

March 16, 2022

CVE-2021-44215 & CVE-2021-44216

The CFEngine engineering team has recently discovered two security issues in the CFEngine Enterprise product, specifically in the hub package: CVE-2021-44215 - PostgreSQL log file world readable. CVE-2021-44216 - Apache and Mission Portal Application log files world readable. CVE-2021-44215 is a regression affecting currently supported versions 3.18.0 and 3.15.4 as well as some unsupported versions. CVE-2021-44216 affects all supported versions prior to 3.18.1 and 3.15.5 as well as some unsupported versions.

Posted by Nick Anderson
March 3, 2022

Writing a cfbs module for your custom policy update

I re-stumbled across this mailing list post from Bryan Burke about some policy framework upgrade issues where he also asked about hooking in and customizing the update policy. I thought this sounded like a good opportunity for an example using a cfbs module. So, let’s take a look at making a cfbs module for a custom update policy. As mentioned in the thread there are just a couple of things you need to do in order to hook in and customize the behavior of the update policy.

Posted by Nick Anderson
February 14, 2022

Introducing bodies with custom promise types

Last year we had a look at managing local groups with the custom groups promise type. As you may or may not recall, we used JSON-strings to imitate CFEngine bodies. This was due to the fact that the promise module protocol did not support bodies at that time. Today, on the other hand, we’re happy to announce that as of CFEngine 3.20, this will no longer be the case. In this blog post we’ll introduce the long awaited feature; custom bodies.

Posted by Lars Erik Wik
February 8, 2022

CFEngine bootstrap with Ansible

CFEngine and Ansible are two complementary infrastructure management tools. Findings from our analysis show that they can be combined and used side by side with joint forces to handle all areas in the best possible way. Part of infrastructure management is hosts deployment, either when building a brand new infrastructure or when growing one by adding new hosts. This is something Ansible truly excels in as it makes it very easy to run a sequence of steps on all hosts to initialize (deploy) them and it only requires SSH access to the hosts and Python installed on them.

February 3, 2022

Using cfbs with a traditionally managed policy set

With the recent release of build.cfengine.com and cfbs I have been thinking about the process of converting a traditionally manged policy set. I consider a traditionally manged policy set one where you have a repo with the root of masterfiles being the root of the repository, or even having no repository at all and managing masterfiles by editing directly in the distribution point (e.g. /var/cfengine/masterfiles). Before jumping in with both feet and converting to a cfbs managed policy set you might want a hybrid situation where you can leverage some of the benefits of cfbs but without making drastic changes to the way policy is currently managed.

Posted by Nick Anderson
January 31, 2022

CFEngine 2021 Retrospective

For our final blog post of 2021 and continuing our tradition, we’d like to reflect on all the CFEngine accomplishments throughout the year and provide a sneak peak of what to expect in 2022. Modernized Mission Portal UI In CFEngine Enterprise 3.18.0 LTS, released in June, we overhauled the web user interface. You can read about the changes in our blog post on the subject. We will continue to make meaningful design changes within Mission Portal next year with the goal of making it more intuitive and user friendly.

Posted by Cody Valle
December 31, 2021

Security hardening holiday calendar - Week 4

This is the final summary of our 2021 security hardening holiday calendar. We wanted to provide educational, useful, and actionable security advice, and we’re really pleased with the reception! Thank you for reading and following along. Week 1-3 summary (1-21/25) We posted summaries for the 3 first weeks of the calendar: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Enforce specific list of allowed sudoers (22/25) As discussed previously, the root user and sudo tool provide a lot of access to the system, both in terms of making changes, and reading sensitive data.

December 25, 2021

Hunting and tracking remediation of Log4Shell (CVE-2021-44228)

The internet has been ablaze since the announcement of Log4Shell, the nickname for CVE-2021-44228, an arbitrary remote code execution vulnerability in the Java logging utility Log4j. So far two additional vulnerabilities (CVE 2021-45046, CVE-2021-45105) have been identified. If you are interested in how the vulnerability works, this graphic from SecurityZines explains it well: The code has been vulnerable since 2013 and millions of hosts and services are affected. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an emergency directive on December 17th, 2021 ordering all civilian federal agencies to take a series of measures to identify, patch, or mitigate vulnerable systems.

Posted by Nick Anderson
December 22, 2021
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