NeXpose Release November 29, 2010

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Rapid72010-11-29 content and product updates
   Pre-release announcement

             

This Rapid7® NeXpose® release features better CVSS scoring, new and updated checks, and bug fixes.

 

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.

              

New checks | content
                 

  • NeXpose now expands check coverage to VMware ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5. These checks require the most recent product update.          
  • NeXpose now adds Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 checks to RHEL coverage.
  • A new check detects CVE-2008-1678, an OpenSSL vulnerability that allows remote attackers to cause Denial of Service (DoS) on target systems through memory consumption.
               

CVSS scoring improvements | content
                 

  • NeXpose now assigns the appropriate CVSS score for a vulnerability related to MD5 signatures for site certificates, so that you have accurate data for prioritizing remediation.
  • More accurate CVSS scores for Solaris checks provide a better view of your security posture.

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.

Bug fixes | product
                 

                
  • The Web spider now performs consistently for better coverage when you configure it to exclude multiple directory paths or to use wildcard rules on a target Web site.
  • A Unix check for "unowned" files and directories now works correctly on Solaris targets, ensuring complete coverage.            
  • NeXpose now correctly fingerprints Adobe Acrobat on assets with the Adobe Customization Wizard installed.

      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 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.
      • 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
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      http://www.rapid7.com/resources/forrester-wave.jsp
                     

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