NeXpose Release August 10, 2011

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Rapid72011-08-10 content updates
                  Release announcement

 

This Rapid7® NeXpose® release applies checks for Patch Tuesday exposures and features migration and update improvements.


These release notes document what's new in this 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.

 

Reminder: Migrate your database
                 

                

If you have not migrated yet: All upcoming releases of NeXpose will require you to perform the PostgreSQL 9 database migration. After July 1 your NeXpose installation will be ineligible to receive any content or product updates going forward. Over time, this will result in decreased accuracy and validity of your results and reporting.

 

To execute the migration, 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. When you are ready to execute the migration, click the Start Migration button. Follow the migration guide for instructions throughout the process.

  

Vulnerability checks for August 2011 Patch Tuesday exposures | content
               

 

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

 

Improvements to check coverage and accuracy | content
               

 

Improvements to coverage and accuracy expand your ability to track risk and prioritize remediation.                 

                          
  • The accuracy of a check related to Cisco IOS has been improved
  • The fingerprint certainty related to ASP.NET banners has been adjusted.
  • The coverage for Microsoft hotfixes listed in the following bulletins has been improved
    • MS09-031
    • MS09-016
    • MS08-077
    • MS10-104
    • MS11-028
    • MS08-059
    • MS08-029
    • MS10-077
    • MS08-023
    • MS08-032
    • MS10-072
    • MS09-036
    • MS09-035
    • MS11-025
    • MS09-033
 

Bi-monthly vulnerability check update | content
               

    

New vulnerability and patch checks bring coverage up to date for the following operating systems and applications:

                           
  • The accuracy of a check related to Cisco IOS has been improved
  • 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.

   

Content update
                 

                            
  • Update ID: 520490283

Installers
                 

   Released on August 1, 2011 (see fourth FAQ).                             

md5sum files
                 

Download the appropriate md5sum file to ensure that the installer was not corrupted during download:                                

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.
  • How can I obtain more information about this release?
    If you have purchased NeXpose, contact our Technical Support Team at Support@Rapid7.com. If you are using the Community version of NeXpose, go to http://community.rapid7.com.
                 
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