NeXpose Release September 14, 2011

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Rapid72011-09-14 product and content updates
                  Release announcement


This Rapid7® NeXpose® release applies checks for Patch Tuesday exposures and features improvements to fingerprinting.
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 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.


Fingerprinting improvements | product

Improvements to fingerprinting help you track assets better and anticipate security issues that are specific to those assets.


  • Instances of VMware Infrastructure Web access are now more quickly identified as HTTP or HTTPS.
  • Fingerprinting now properly enumerates software installed on a per-user basis.

September 2011 Patch Tuesday checks | content

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



Accuracy improvements | content

Accuracy improvements help you prioritize remediation efforts more effectively.


  • A false positive in the check for the vulnerability announced in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-036 has been resolved for systems not running the IIS Web server.
  • The check for the vulnerability reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-032 is now more accurate.
  • Remediation information for Java JRE vulnerabilities is now more accurate.

Bi-monthly vulnerability check update | content


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.


Product update

  •   Linux 32                      | Update ID:  2773897410
  •   Linux 64                      | Update ID:      2541664621
  •   Windows 32                     | Update ID: 2896891217
  •   Windows 64                     | Update ID: 886900215

Content update

  • Update ID: 2938028391


   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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