NeXpose Release March 31, 2011 (Product)

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This 2011-03-31 release is a product update.


  • Content updates include new checks for vulnerabilities, patch verification, and compliance with security policies.
  • Product updates include performance improvements, bug fixes, and new features.


Next Generation Database Architecture

  • The new Next Generation Database Architecture features a number of significant changes to the core database architecture to improve performance, scalability, reliability, and security:
  • Migrating the core database from PostgreSQL 8.2.x to PostgreSQL 9.0.3 enables better reporting and user interface performance and easier maintenance. To run the simple migration procedure, go to the Database Migration page, which you can access by clicking the maintenance link on the Administration page of the console Web interface. You'll find a series of FAQs that guide you through preparing your environment and running the migration. The core database migration is available for all currently supported platforms. It is not available for Debian 3.1 or any other unsupported platform. To find out which platforms are supported, see the installation guide, which you can download by clicking the Support link in the Web interface.
  • Partitioning of large tables accelerates queries for faster display of vulnerability and asset data.
  • Optimizing creation and removal of vulnerability exceptions allows you to complete these tasks in less time.
  • The availability of 64-bit PostgreSQL for 64-bit Windows allows Windows users to take full advantage of a 64-bit database architecture.


NOTE: In very rare instances, the product may display the migration FAQs while in Maintenance Mode after the migration process has been executed, instead of a status message detailing the results of the migration. If this occurs, contact Technical Support for assistance before restarting your security console server. You should also contact Technical Support if this situation occurred and you inadvertently restarted your server, or at any time after the migration if you note on the Database Migration page that the version of PostgreSQL running in your environment is earlier than 9.0.3.


PCI report improvements

Several improvements to the functionality and appearance of PCI reports make them easier to create and read:


  • A new section in the PCI Executive Summary report provides a graphical summary of PCI compliance status in several charts, so that Approved Scan Vendors (ASVs) can view compliance statistics at a glance.
  • Organization fields in the Site Configuration wizard allow ASVs to enter PCI scan customer information, which is then auto-populated in PCI scan reports. This eliminates the need for ASVs to manually enter customer information after generating PCI reports.
  • The PCI Vulnerability Details report now takes into account approved vulnerability exceptions to determine compliance status for each vulnerability instance.
  • The sorting of assets by IP address in the PCI Executive Summary report makes it easier to find, and work with, PCI scan data.
  • Updates to page layout and table formatting in PCI reports improve readability.


Scanning improvements

An enhancement now makes it possible for a scan engine on a Windows host to run new scans without restarting if a network interface is added or if the host changes its IP address or resumes operations after coming out of suspension or hibernation.
A bug fix ensures that all sockets are closed after the completion of an authenticated scan of a Windows target using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

A bug fix corrects a memory leak issue that occurred during scan initialization.

Dynamic Asset Groups improvements


Several modifications ensure better handling of Dynamic Asset Group data:


  • The new host type filter in the filtered asset search makes it possible to create Dynamic Asset Groups that include virtualized types of targets. The filter allows you to search for hypervisors, guest virtual machines, or bare metal hosts, so that you can track these different host types and address security issues that are specific to each type. Additionally, the host type for each discovered asset now appears in the Device Details table for each asset page.
  • An improvement causes Dynamic Asset Groups to display the correct number of entries when an included asset has a vulnerability exception.
  • Changes to IP address ranges in asset search filters correctly update search results and Dynamic Asset Group membership.


Improved display of correlated asset information

A bug fix ensures that information about correlated assets, including alias names and primary IP addresses, is always presented correctly.


New maintenance functionality

  • The enhanced database cleanup task now removes unnecessary data from the database.
  • A new task regenerates scan statistics to ensure their accuracy in the Web interface and reports. See the administrator's guide to determine whether you should perform these tasks.


Improved startup

A bug fix ensures that product startup is no longer affected by having more than 16 entries listed in the NeXposeEnvironment.env file, which contains properties that control various operations.


Web interface improvements

  • In Internet Explorer 8, you can now log onto the security console Web interface using the Enter key after entering your credentials.
  • An issue that caused a JavaScript error message to appear on the Login page has been corrected.