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New Puppet Release Supports Running Agents in Windows

10.24.2011
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Good news for Puppet users!  The recent 2.7.6 update now gives you support for running puppet agents in Windows for some important resource types.  Specifically these ones:

  • file
  • user
  • group
  • scheduled_task (new type; not cron)
  • package (MSI)
  • service
  • exec
  • host

Support has also been added for running puppet agent and communicating with a remote puppet master.  You can also now apply manifests locally with puppet apply.  Currently, Puppet does not support running a puppet master on Windows, and the engineers currently have no plans to add that support.

In other news, there was also an important security warning today for puppet users:

We have discovered a security vulnerability (“AltNames Vulnerability”) whereby a malicious attacker can impersonate the Puppet master using credentials from a Puppet agent node. This vulnerability cannot cross Puppet deployments, but it can allow an attacker with elevated privileges on one Puppet-managed node to gain control of any other Puppet-managed node within the same infrastructure.

All Puppet Enterprise deployments are vulnerable, and Puppet open source deployments may be, depending upon their site configuration.
--Puppet Labs

Stay vigilant!