NeXpose Release January 1, 2011

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Rapid72011-01-10 content and product updates
   Pre-release announcement

           

This Rapid7® NeXpose® release features a Microsoft graphics rendering check, blind SQL injection checks,  accuracy improvements, updated checks, improved vulnerability reference links, and improved scan logs.

 

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.

           

Check for Windows graphics rendering flaw | content
                 

                 
  • A check detects a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows Graphics Rendering Engine. An attacker who exploits this flaw can execute arbitrary code with the security permissions of a logged-on user and then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Currently, this vulnerability does not have a patch, and exploit code is available. For more information see Microsoft Security Advisory (2490606).
           

Detection of blind SQL injection flaws | content
                 

  • The Web scanner now identifies and reports flaws that make Web applications vulnerable to blind SQL injection. Attackers can exploit these flaws to steal or corrupt data or cause other problems. This improvement requires the most recent product update.

 

Accuracy improvements | content
                 

  • Checks for vulnerabilities announced in Red Hat security advisories RHSA-2010-0119 and RHSA-2010-0581 no longer flag false positives on Tomcat 5 scan targets that do not have JBoss Enterprise Web Server integrated.
  • False negatives have been eliminated for HTTP path traversal vulnerabilities on Windows targets with certain configurations.
  • False negatives for some versions of the Apache Web server have been eliminated.
  • False negatives have been eliminated for the Adobe ColdFusion application server.
                            

Links updated for vulnerability references | content
                 

  • Reference links for vulnerability pages have been updated, ensuring that you can find additional information on vulnerabilities in the console Web interface. 

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.
           

Added information in scan log | product
                 

  • The NeXpose scan log now includes discovery of assets, users, and asset groups, making it more informative.

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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