NeXpose Release March 7, 2011

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Rapid72011-03-07 content and product updates
   Pre-release announcement

       

This Rapid7® NeXpose® 4.10.5 release features scan  improvements, updated checks, and fingerprinting of Windows 7 SP1 and 2008 R2 SP1.

 

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.

More accurate results for Windows 7, Vista, and 2008 | content
                 

  • Scan results are more accurate for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows 2008, so that you can have more confidence in your security assessment of these operating systems. This improvement requires the most recent product update.

Proper display of PHP flaws in reports | content

  • A bug fix ensures that solution information for PHP-related vulnerabilities appears properly in reports, so that you can remediate these flaws.

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
    • Java Runtime Environment
    • 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.  

Correct storage of MAC addresses | product
                         

           
  • The database now stores asset MAC addresses correctly so that they appear properly in the console Web interface and reports.

Fingerprinting of Windows 7 SP1 and 2008 R2 SP1 | product
                

  • Windows scanning now includes fingerprinting of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 2008 R2 SP1 operating systems for more granular coverage of these assets.

Better Unix scanning | product
                         

           
  • Scan performance has improved on Unix targets with mounted network file systems.

More accurate cross-site scripting detection | product

           
  • Web scans are now more accurate when checking for persistent cross-site scripting vulnerabilities.

Better OpenSSH checks on BSD | product
                         

           
  • A check for a vulnerable version of OpenSSH version 2 now works properly on BSD Unix scan targets.

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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