NeXpose Release February 22, 2011

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Rapid72011-02-22 content and product updates
   Pre-release announcement

     

This Rapid7® NeXpose® 4.10.4 release features Flash 8 support, better Web scanning, updated checks, and better experience with managing vulnerability exceptions.

 

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.

     

Flash 8 scanning | content
                 

  • Web scanning expands with detection of vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash 8 content hosted on target servers. This improvement requires the most recent product update.
                          

More accurate detection of "browsable" Web directory flaw | content
                 

  • The check for the "browsable" Web directory vulnerability on Web sites is more accurate, improving visibility into this security flaw.
         

Correlation of VMware checks | content
                 

  • With correlated VMware checks, verification of a VMware patch version supersedes checks for non-VMware issues that affect VMware, so that you can consistently collect the most relevant and accurate data about VMware targets. You must enable check correlation in the Vulnerability Checks page of the scan template configuration wizard in order to use this feature.
        

Corrected spellings in vulnerability descriptions | content

  • Correction of various misspelled words improves the appearance of vulnerability descriptions.

Bi-monthly vulnerability check update | content
                 

  • New vulnerability and patch checks bring 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 experience working with vulnerability exceptions | product
                 

  • New console feedback ensures that you are always working with the most current vulnerability exception data when creating reports and planning remediation tasks. When you create or delete a vulnerability exception, you will see a progress bar until the exception has been fully applied or removed.

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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