NeXpose Release May 11, 2011

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Rapid72011-05-11 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 May 2011 Patch Tuesday exposures
                 

New  vulnerability checks provide up-to-date Microsoft Patch Tuesday scan coverage for May 2011. For information about all current security bulletins covered in this release, see the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2011. Use the checks in this content update to verify that the latest Microsoft patches have been applied to system assets.

Upcoming release requires database migration
                 

The recently released Next Generation Database architecture, which includes PostgreSQL 9, features significant scalability and performance improvements.

A major release scheduled for July 2011 and all releases that follow it will require the PostgreSQL 9 database to be running. If you have not yet migrated your database to PostgreSQL 9, we strongly encourage you to do so as soon possible.

To run the simple migration procedure, first download and review the  guide, Migrating the NeXpose Database. This document includes detailed instructions on how to prepare for, run, and monitor the migration. After reviewing the guide, go to the Database Migration page, which you can access by clicking the maintenance link on the Administration page of the console Web interface. You'll find a series of FAQs that guide you through preparing your environment and running the migration.

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 http://community.rapid7.com.
           
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