NeXpose Release November 15, 2010

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Rapid72010-11-15 content and product updates
   Pre-release announcement


This Rapid7® NeXpose® release features more accurate scanning, better spidering performance, more consistent delivery of PCI reports, and updated checks.


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


More consistent delivery of PCI reports | content

  • An issue that prevented NeXpose from generating some PCI reports with certain vulnerabilities has now been resolved, ensuring that you can generate these reports consistently.

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
    • Apple QuickTime
    • 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.

Better coverage for VMWare | product

  • Fingerprinting refinements ensure that NeXpose correctly identifies VMWare ESX 3.5 for more accurate scan coverage.            
  • Correct enumeration of VMware 3.x packages in scan results enables you to keep better track of these applications running in your environment.

Eliminated false positives | product

  • False positives have been corrected for Solaris checks that verify security hardening, so you can confidently assess whether hardening procedures on this platform were successful.
  • NeXpose is now able to verify passwords on Linux targets that use the GNU GRand Unified Bootloader (GNU GRUB) package. This prevents false positives for password verification checks on these targets.  

Better Web spidering performance | product

  • Web spider scans no longer consume excessive amounts of disk space in certain situations, ensuring that space is free for other important uses.  

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.
  • 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.
  • Whom should I contact for more information about this release?
    Contact our Technical Support Team at
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