NeXpose Release March 21, 2011

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Rapid72011-03-21 content update
   Pre-release announcement


This Rapid7® NeXpose® release features IE 9 fingerprinting, improved and updated checks, and PCI scoring improvements.


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.

IE 9 fingerprinting

  • Scans now fingerprint the recently released Internet Explorer 9, so you can track this browser on assets in your environment.

SCAP update

  • A regularly scheduled update of SCAP data ensures that the most current CPE and CVE identifiers and CVSS scores are available in the product. You can view SCAP update information on the SCAP page, which you can access from the Administration page in the Web interface.



PCI scoring improvements

  • Improvements to PCI scoring provide a more accurate security assessment:

    • The Apache vulnerability identified as CVE-2003-1418 now displays the correct CVSS score.
    • Inaccurate PCI severity scores for certain vulnerabilities have been corrected.

More accurate scan results

  • Checks for the vulnerability described in Microsoft security bulletin MS09-048 are now more accurate for x86 and AMD64 versions of Windows 2008 and Vista.

  • False positives have been eliminated for an executable file parsing vulnerability on Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6.0, making your security assessment of your environment more accurate.


Hotfix checks for SQL Server 2000 and 2005

  • Microsoft hotfix checks have been updated on SQL Server 2000 and 2005.

Bi-monthly vulnerability check update

  • 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.  

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • How will I know NeXpose has updated with this specific release?
    All updates are listed on the News page of the NeXpose Security Console Web interface.
  • 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.
  • 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  with every release of 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 for 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
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