NeXpose Release May 16, 2011

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Rapid72011-05-16 content and product updates
                  Pre-release announcement


This Rapid7® NeXpose® release features updated solution information, updated checks, Web scanning time limit configuration, and scanning improvements.


These release notes document what's new in the next NeXpose release. Your NeXpose installation will automatically download and install content updates. If you have enabled NeXpose to install product updates, it will do so as well. See the third FAQ.

Updated solution information | content

Updated solutions provide the information you need to remediate security flaws:
  • Steps for fixing a bug related to an ISAPI vulnerability affecting IIS have been updated to include IIS 7 and later versions.
  • Solution information is clearer for a vulnerability related to Server Message Block (SMB) signing being disabled.

Bi-monthly vulnerability check update | content

New vulnerability and patch checks bring coverage up to date for the following operating systems and applications:       
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Reader
  • Apache
  • Apple QuickTime
  • CentOS
  • Cisco devices
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • OpenSSL
  • PHP
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Solaris
  • VMware
These checks help prevent security breaches that could allow hostile parties to take control of affected systems, gain access to confidential data, disrupt business operations, or cause other problems.

Time limit configuration feature for Web scanning | product

You can now set a Web application scanning time limit when you configure a scan template. This feature is useful for identifying vulnerabilities within a certain time period and obtaining a quick, first risk assessment of target Web applications. The limit also prevents scans from taking longer than the time allotted for them, especially with large target Web sites.

Scanning improvements | product

Several new scanning improvements help ensure that you have the information you need to assess your security posture and prioritize remediation tasks:
  • A remote check no longer returns a  false positive for a vulnerability reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-050.
  • A check no longer returns a false positive for a vulnerability related to Windows Administrative Shares.

Upcoming release requires database migration

The recently released Next Generation Database architecture, which includes PostgreSQL 9, features significant scalability and performance improvements.

A major release scheduled for July 2011 and all releases that follow it will require the PostgreSQL 9 database to be running. If you have not yet migrated your database to PostgreSQL 9, we strongly encourage you to do so as soon possible.

To run the simple migration procedure, first download and review the  guide, Migrating the NeXpose Database. This document includes detailed instructions on how to prepare for, run, and monitor the migration. After reviewing the guide, 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.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • How will I know NeXpose has updated with this specific release?
    All updates are listed on the News page of the NeXpose Security Console Web interface.
  • Why doesn’t the most recent date on the News page match the dates of the current updates on the Administration page?
    You may occasionally notice that the most recent date on the News page does not match the dates of the current updates listed on the NeXpose Security Console administration page. The dates on the News page are official release dates. The dates on the console page indicate when updates were actually applied to your NeXpose installation.
  • What are content updates, and what are product updates?
    Content updates include new checks for vulnerabilities, patch verification, and compliance with security policies. Product updates include performance improvements, bug fixes, and new features in NeXpose.
  • Why are installers not updated with every release?
    To help you stay on top of an ever-growing number of security threats, Rapid7 makes the delivery of new security content timely and convenient.  After installation and first-time start-up, NeXpose continues to update itself dynamically. This makes it unnecessary for Rapid7 to update installers  with every release of security content. So, you don't have to download installers every time new content is available.
  • Does this dynamic self-updating cause NeXpose to restart?
    Yes. You may notice NeXpose taking longer to start for the first time after installation. You may also notice it restarting more than once as it completes a required sequence of updates.
  • Whom should I contact for more information about this release?
    Contact our Technical Support Team at
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