Salt 0.16.2 Release Notes



Version 0.16.2 is a bugfix release for 0.16.0, and contains a number of fixes.


  • Only allow Administrator's group and SYSTEM user access to C:\salt. This eliminates a race condition where a non-admin user could modify a template or managed file before it is executed by the minion (which is running as an elevated user), thus avoiding a potential escalation of privileges. (issue 6361)


  • Fixed detection of virtual grain on OpenVZ hardware nodes

  • Gracefully handle lsb_release data when it is enclosed in quotes

  • LSB grains are now prefixed with lsb_distrib_ instead of simply lsb_. The old naming is not preserved, so SLS may be affected.

  • Improved grains detection on MacOS


Peer Publishing


  • Fixed salt-key usage in minionswarm script

  • Quieted warning about SALT_MINION_CONFIG environment variable on minion startup and for CLI commands run via salt-call (issue 5956)

  • Added minion config parameter random_reauth_delay to stagger re-auth attempts when the minion is waiting for the master to approve its public key. This helps prevent SYN flooding in larger environments.

User/Group Management

  • Implement previously-ignored unique option for user.present states in FreeBSD

  • Report in state output when a group.present state attempts to use a gid in use by another group

  • Fixed regression that prevents a user.present state to set the password hash to the system default (i.e. an unset password)

  • Fixed multiple group.present states with the same group (issue 6439)

File Management

  • Fixed file.mkdir setting incorrect permissions (issue 6033)

  • Fixed cleanup of source files for templates when /tmp is in file_roots (issue 6118)

  • Fixed caching of zero-byte files when a non-empty file was previously cached at the same path

  • Added HTTP authentication support to the cp module (issue 5641)

  • Diffs are now suppressed when binary files are changed

Package/Repository Management

  • Fixed traceback when there is only one target for pkg.latest states

  • Fixed regression in detection of virtual packages (apt)

  • Limit number of pkg database refreshes to once per state.sls/state.highstate

  • YUM: Allow 32-bit packages with arches other than i686 to be managed on 64-bit systems (issue 6299)

  • Fixed incorrect reporting in pkgrepo.managed states (issue 5517)

  • Fixed 32-bit binary package installs on 64-bit RHEL-based distros, and added proper support for 32-bit packages on 64-bit Debian-based distros (issue 6303)

  • Fixed issue where requisites were inadvertently being put into YUM repo files (issue 6471)

Service Management

  • Fixed inaccurate reporting of results in service.running states when the service fails to start (issue 5894)

  • Fixed handling of custom initscripts in RHEL-based distros so that they are immediately available, negating the need for a second state run to manage the service that the initscript controls




  • Properly handle -f lines in pip freeze output

  • Fixed regression in pip.installed states with specifying a requirements file (issue 6003)

  • Fixed use of editable argument in pip.installed states (issue 6025)

  • Deprecated runas parameter in execution function calls, in favor of user


  • Allow specification of MySQL connection arguments via the CLI, overriding/bypassing minion config params

  • Allow mysql_user.present states to set a passwordless login (issue 5550)

  • Fixed endless loop when mysql.processlist is run (issue 6297)



  • Don't allow npm states to be used if npm module is not available

  • Fixed alternatives.install states for which the target is a symlink (issue 6162)

  • Fixed traceback in sysbench module (issue 6175)

  • Fixed traceback in job cache

  • Fixed tempfile cleanup for windows

  • Fixed issue where SLS files using the pydsl renderer were not being run

  • Fixed issue where returners were being passed incorrect information (issue 5518)

  • Fixed traceback when numeric args are passed to cmd.script states

  • Fixed bug causing cp.get_dir to return more directories than expected (issue 6048)

  • Fixed traceback when supervisord.running states are run with test=True (issue 6053)

  • Fixed tracebacks when Salt encounters problems running rbenv (issue 5888)

  • Only make the monit module available if monit binary is present (issue 5871)

  • Fixed incorrect behavior of img.mount_image

  • Fixed traceback in tomcat.deploy_war in Windows

  • Don't re-write /etc/fstab if mount fails

  • Fixed tracebacks when Salt encounters problems running gem (issue 5886)

  • Fixed incorrect behavior of selinux.boolean states (issue 5912)

  • RabbitMQ: Quote passwords to avoid symbols being interpolated by the shell (issue 6338)

  • Fixed tracebacks in extfs.mkfs and extfs.tune (issue 6462)

  • Fixed a regression with the state where the m_name and m_fun arguments were being ignored (issue 6464)