NeXpose Release December 13, 2010

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Rapid72010-12-13 content and product updates
   Pre-release announcement

           

This Rapid7® NeXpose® release features SSH public key authentication, AIX fileset enumeration, 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.

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.
            

SSH public key authentication | product

  • You can now use NeXpose to perform credentialed scans on assets that authenticate users with SSH public key authentication. For information on configuring this feature, see the user's guide, which you can download from the Support page in Help.
             

AIX fileset enumeration in scan results | product
                 

                 
  • NeXpose now enumerates instances of Advanced Interactive Executive (AIX) filesets in scan results, expanding your visibility into what platforms are running in your environment.
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Bug fixes | product
                 

                 
  • Corrective improvements to its internal expert system make NeXpose more reliable when scanning larger sites.             
  • A UNIX check for vulnerabilities related to writable files now works on Solaris targets.              
  • NeXpose can now correctly fingerprint a Remote Desktop Protocol service that is running on an unexpected or non-default TCP port.
  • The Web spider now tests soft 404 error Web pages for vulnerabilities.

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.
           
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