NeXpose Release April 13, 2011

Version 2

    Rapid72011-04-13 content update
       Pre-release announcement


    This Rapid7® NeXpose® release applies vulnerability checks for Patch Tuesday exposures.


    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.


    Vulnerability checks for April 2011 Patch Tuesday exposures

    New NeXpose vulnerability checks provide up-to-date Microsoft Patch Tuesday scan coverage for April 2011. The following is a partial list of checks for the flaws reported in Microsoft Security Bulletins:                   
    • An Internet Explorer  vulnerability  could allow remote code execution if a user views a maliciously crafted Web page using IE.  See MS11-018 for details.
    • Vulnerabilities in an SMB client could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends a specially crafted SMB response to a client-initiated request. See MS11-019 for details.
    • An ActiveX vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using a Web browser that can run XAML Browser Applications (XABPs). This vulnerability could also be used by Windows .NET applications to bypass Code Access Security (CAS) restrictions. See MS11-028 for details.
    For information about all current security bulletins covered in this release, see the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2011. Use the checks in this content update to verify that the latest Microsoft patches have been applied to system assets.                    

    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?
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