Rancher Release - v1.6.16

Release v1.6.16


Supported Docker Versions

  • Docker 1.12.3-1.12.6
  • Docker 1.13.1
  • Docker 17.03-ce/ee
  • Docker 17.06-ce/ee
  • Docker 17.09-ce/ee
  • Docker 17.12-ce/ee

Note: Kubernetes 1.9/1.8 supports Docker 1.12.6, 1.13.1 and 17.03.2. Kubernetes 1.7 supports up to Docker 1.12.6

Kubernetes Versions

List of images required to launch Kubernetes template:

  • rancher/k8s:v1.9.4-rancher1-1
  • rancher/etcd:v2.3.7-13
  • rancher/kubectld:v0.8.6
  • rancher/etc-host-updater:v0.0.3
  • rancher/kubernetes-agent:v0.6.7
  • rancher/kubernetes-auth:v0.0.8
  • rancher/lb-service-rancher:v0.7.17
  • busybox

For the list of versions for the Kubernetes add-ons embedded in the Rancher Kubernetes images, please refer to the kubernetes-package repo for the specific images and versions.

Rancher Server Tags

Rancher server has 2 different tags. For each major release tag, we will provide documentation for the specific version.

  • rancher/server:latest tag will be our latest development builds. These builds will have been validated through our CI automation framework. These releases are not meant for deployment in production.
  • rancher/server:stable tag will be our latest stable release builds. This tag is the version that we recommend for production.

Please do not use releases with a rc{n} suffix. These rc builds are meant for the Rancher team to test builds.

Beta - v1.6.16 - rancher/server:latest

Stable - v1.6.16 - rancher/server:stable

Important - Kubernetes Security

WIth this release, we are addressing several kubernetes vulnerabilities:

  1. The vulnerability CVE-2017-1002101 allows containers to use a subpath volume mount with any volume types to access files outside of the volume. This means that if you are blocking container access to hostpath volumes with PodSecurityPolicy, an attacker with the ability to update or create pods can mount any hostpath using any other volume type.

  2. The vulnerability CVE-2017-1002102 allows containers using certain volume types - including secrets, config maps, projected volumes, or downward API volumes - to delete files outside of the volume. This means that if a container using one of these volume types is compromised, or if you allow untrusted users to create pods, an attacker could use that container to delete arbitrary files on the host.

  3. Rancher is securing the kubelet port 10250 by no longer allowing anonymous access and requiring a valid cert. This is the port that is used by the kubernetes api-manager-to-kubelet communication and keeping this exposed will allow anonymous access to your compute node. Upgrading to the latest kubernetes version will resolve this issue. You can also visit the Rancher Docs site for specific instructions on how to secure your kubernetes cluster without upgrading your environment if you have not already done so previously.

Rancher v1.6.16 ships with k8s v.1.9.4 that addresses these vulnerabilities. If you are on Rancher v1.6.14 (current stable version) or v1.6.13, you will also be prompted with an update to your existing k8s v1.8.5 to v1.8.9. We highly recommend you to upgrade as soon as possible.

Important - Upgrade

  • Users on a version prior to Rancher v1.5.0: We will automatically upgrade the network-services infrastructure stack as without this upgrade, your release will not work.

  • Users on a version prior to Rancher v1.6.0: If you make any changes to the default Rancher library setting for your catalogs and then roll back, you will need to reset the branch used for the default Rancher library under AdminSettingsCatalog. The current default branch is v1.6-release, but the old default branch is master.

  • Rollback Versions: We support rolling back to Rancher v1.6.14 from Rancher v1.6.16.

    • Steps to Rollback:
      1. In the upgraded version the AdminAdvanced Settings → API values, update the upgrade.manager value to all.
      2. “Upgrade” Rancher server but pointing to the older version of Rancher (v1.6.14). This should include backing up your database and launching Rancher to point to your current database.
      3. Once Rancher starts up again, all infrastructure stacks will automatically rollback to the applicable version in v1.6.14.
      4. After your setup is back to its original state, update the upgrade.manager value back to the original value that you had (either mandatory or none).

Note on Rollback: If you are rolling back and have authentication enabled using Active Directory, any new users/groups added to site access on the Access Control page after the upgrade will not be retained upon rolling back. Any users added before the upgrade will continue to remain. [#9850]

Important - Please read if you currently have authentication enabled using Active Directory with TLS enabled prior to upgrading to v1.6.10.

Starting with v1.6.8, Rancher has updated the Active Directory auth plugin and moved it into the new authentication framework. We have also further secured the AD+TLS option by ensuring that the hostname/IP of the AD server matches with the hostname/IP of the TLS certificate. Please see [#9459] for details.

Due to this new check, you should be aware that if the hostname/IP does not match your TLS certificate, you will be locked out of your Rancher server if you do not correct this prior to upgrading. To ensure you have no issues with the upgrade, please execute the following to verify your configuration is correct.

  • Verify the hostname/IP you used for your AD configuration. To do this, log into Rancher using a web browser as an admin and click AdminAccess Control. Note the server field to determine your configured hostname/IP for your AD server.
  • To verify your the configure hostname/IP for your TLS cert, you can execute the following command to determine the CN attribute:
    openssl s_client -showcerts -connect domain.example.com:443
    You should see something like:
    subject=/OU=Domain Control Validated/CN=domain.example.com
    Verify that the CN attribute matches with your configured server field from the above step.

If the fields match, you are good to go. Nothing else is required.

If the fields do not match, please execute the following steps to correct it.

  • Open a web browser and go to Rancher’s settings URL. This can be done by logging into Rancher as an admin and click APIKeys. You should see an Endpoint (v2-beta) field. Take the value of that field and append /settings. The final URL should look something like my.rancher.url:8080/v2-beta/settings. Launch this URL in your browser and you should see Rancher’s API browser.
  • Search for api.auth.ldap.server and click that setting to edit it. On the top right, you should be able to click an edit button. Change the value of that to match the hostname/IP of the value found in your cert as identified by the CN attribute and click Show RequestSend Request to persist the value into Rancher’s DB. The response should show your new value.

Once this is completed and the hostname/IP matches your certs’ CN attribute, you should have no issues with AD login after upgrading to 1.6.8.


Please view the v1.6.15 Enhancements regarding what has been added.

Infrastructure Service Updates

When upgrading infrastructure services, please make sure to upgrade in the recommended order.

Please view the v1.6.15 Infrastructure Service Updates regarding what has changed.

Known Major Issues

Major Bug Fixes since v1.6.14

  • Fixed an issue where purged instances that have mount points to a volume which had other active mount points were not being deleted [#7050]
  • Fixed an issue where instances weren’t being cleaned up in databases [10841]

Rancher CLI Downloads

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