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CFEngine 2022 retrospective

It’s that time of year again where we reflect & recap all things new with CFEngine from this year. You may recall from the 2021 retrospective that our focus for 2022 would be on collaboration, ease of use, and community engagement. I’m proud to summarize our progress below in these key areas for 2022’s Retrospective and give you a sneak peek at what’s to come in 2023. Revamped documentation CFEngine is a powerful, flexible, and complex piece of software, but we are committed to make it as easy to use as possible, and are looking at all ways we can improve the new user experience.

Posted by Cody Valle
December 31, 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

Track maintainers and purpose for hosts in your infrastructure

When something goes wrong or looks fishy for a particular host in your infrastructure how do you know who to ask about it? In an infrastructure managed by many and used by many it is also helpful to know what each hosts’ purpose is. In this article we show how to add maintainer and purpose information to individual hosts in your infrastructure via the CMDB feature of Mission Portal. We will also add a Build Module to add this information to the /etc/motd file for each associated host.

Posted by Craig Comstock
December 14, 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 Build System version 3

Our beloved cfbs CLI tool for working with CFEngine Build is rapidly evolving. At the time of writing, we are currently at version 3.2.1. Thus I would like to take this opportunity to talk a bit about the latest and greatest features; including support for users to manipulate input parameters in modules, as well as a couple of new build steps. If you haven’t yet got a hold of the latest version of cfbs, you can update it with pip using the following command:

Posted by Lars Erik Wik
November 15, 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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