NeXpose Release October 18, 2010

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Rapid72010-10-18 product and content updates
   Pre-release announcement

           

This Rapid7® NeXpose® release features dynamic computation of PCI severity scores, expanded Oracle coverage, and updated vulnerability check coverage.

 

These release notes document what's new in the  next NeXpose release. Your NeXpose installation will automatically download and install these updates.

           

Dynamic computation of PCI severity scores | product
                 

  • NeXpose now dynamically computes PCI severity scores when it starts. This makes it unnecessary for developers writing custom checks to specify PCI severity in the vulnerability descriptor XML file.
           

Expanded Oracle coverage | content

                 
  • NeXpose now has coverage for the October 2010 Critical Patch update, improving the security of your Oracle systems against recent vulnerabilities.
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Bi-monthly vulnerability check update | content
                 

                 
                 
  • New vulnerability and patch checks bring NeXpose coverage up to date for the following operating systems and applications:   
    • Adobe Flash
    • Adobe Reader
    • Apache
    • CentOS
    • Cisco devices
    • 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.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
                 

                 
  • How will I know NeXpose has updated with this specific release?
    All updates are listed in NeXpose under the News tab.
  • 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 general Administration page for the NeXpose Security Console. The dates on the News page are official release dates. The dates on the console Administration 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.
  • 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  as frequently as we release new 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 up the first time after installation. You may also notice it restarting more than once as it completes a required sequence of updates.
  • Where can I get more information about this release?
    Interact with the Rapid7 Community by joining our e-mail list, registering on the Wiki, and joining us on the Rapid7 IRC Channel. For more information, go to http://community.rapid7.com.
           
Rapid7: Recipient of Highest Ranking in Vulnerability Management 2010
from Gartner and Forrester:
http://www.rapid7.com/resources/gartner_marketscope.jsp
http://www.rapid7.com/resources/forrester-wave.jsp
               

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