NeXpose Release September 21, 2011

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Rapid72011-09-21 product update
                   Release announcement


This Rapid7® Nexpose® 4.12.9 release features better tuning parameters, logging of memory events, and a new file for customizing environment settings.


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: Complete your database migration!


If you have not migrated yet: All releases of Nexpose now require the PostgreSQL 9 database to be running. If you are using an earlier version of PostgreSQL, your Nexpose installation will be ineligible to receive any content or product updates. 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.

Better tuning parameters

Better tuning parameters that affect run time reduce the frequency of scans being paused or stopped due to low memory in high-load scenarios.

New file for customizing environment settings

By creating a custom environment file, you can now protect the following configuration settings from being overwritten by future updates:

  • FIPS-mode encryption enabled
  • database consistency checks disabled

NOTE: Prior to this update, these configuration settings were specified in the NeXposeEnvironment.env file, which has been overwritten as of this update. If your installation previously included one or both of these settings, and if you were unable to create the new custom file as instructed in the pre-release e-mail advisory, contact Technical Support to restore the settings.

Logging of memory events

Critical events related to memory usage are now captured in a log file, which makes it easier to diagnose and troubleshoot memory issues.


Product update

  •   Linux 32                      | Update ID: 4225261472
  •   Linux 64                      | Update ID: 4090372859
  •   Windows 32                     | Update ID: 4280956641
  •   Windows 64                     | Update ID: 2497696970


   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 If you are using the Community version of Nexpose, go to
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