NeXpose Release February 7, 2011

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Rapid72011-02-07 content and product updates
   Pre-release announcement

             

This Rapid7® NeXpose® 4.10.3 release features Web scanning improvements, eliminated false positives, new and updated checks, and better presentation of scan data and log information.

 

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.

                 

Detection of OS command injection vulnerabilities | content
                 

  • Web scans now detect flaws that make targets susceptible to OS command injection attacks. Such attacks could result in data loss or corruption, lack of accountability, or denial of access for trusted users. This improvement requires the most recent product update.
                 

New Oracle check | content
                 

  • A new check verifies a patch for Oracle's January 2011 Critical Patch Update, keeping coverage current for this database system.
               

Eliminated false positives on patched Solaris targets | content
                 

  • False positives have been eliminated for patched Solaris targets, giving you better overall information for prioritizing vulnerability remediation.
               

Corrected CVSS scores for certain Microsoft flaws | content
                 

  • CVSS scores are now accurate for Microsoft vulnerabilities announced in MS09-061 and MS09-062 security bulletins, so that you can assess risk and prioritize remediation with more confidence.
               

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 presentation of scan data and log information | product
                 

  • All vulnerabilties are now listed with publication dates, ensuring more accurate temporal risk scoring.
  • Correction of various misspelled words improves the appearance of vulnerability descriptions.
  • Inaccurate messages related to Common Internet File System (CIFS) connections have been eliminated in the scan log.
  • Messages related to verbose logging appear in scan results only when they are applicable.
  • A vulnerability check of 3COM wireless access points (WAPs) produces fewer errors, making the scan log less cluttered. 

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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