NeXpose Release October 26, 2011

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Rapid72011-10-26 product and content updates
                  Release announcement

           

This Rapid7® Nexpose® release features new and updated vulnerability checks and improvements to fingerprinting, accuracy, and scanning.
                 
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.

Accuracy improvements | product
               

           

Accuracy improvements provide more precise detection and reporting of vulnerability results to help you prioritize remediation efforts more effectively.

                  
  • Package-based software installed on Ubuntu and Debian is now identified.
  • A TLS session renegotiation vulnerability potential check has been enabled for STARTTLS-based protocols, such as SMTP.
  • A false negative in a vulnerability check that looks for insecure VNC services has been resolved.
              

Fingerprinting improvements | product
                 

         

Fingerprinting improvements help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and deliver more accurate vulnerability results that affect your organization.

  • Adobe Shockwave Player is now fingerprinted.
  • Adobe AIR patch versions on 64-bit platforms are now properly detected.
                                                

Scanning improvement | product
                

           

In scans of machines running Windows XP with obscure network configurations, enumeration of network parameters is now more accurate, resulting in improved vulnerability results and increased scan stability.

Accuracy improvements | content
                

Accuracy improvements provide more precise detection and reporting of vulnerability results to help you prioritize remediation efforts more effectively.

  • False positives for CVE-2009-2699 and CVE-2004-0174 have been resolved. These checks for Apache are now OS specific.
  • The rate of false positives has been reduced on spider-physical-path-disclosure by making the regex more accurate.

Coverage improvements | content
                 

Vulnerability checks for Adobe Shockwave provide increased coverage in environments where this software is present. This improvement requires the most recent product update.

Fingerprinting improvements | content
                 

Fingerprinting improvements help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and deliver more accurate vulnerability results that affect your organization.

  • Fingerprinting of Microsoft Exchange POP3 is now more accurate on servers with generic banners.
  • Fingerprinting for Solaris SNMP has been improved.
           

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
  • Adobe Shockwave
  • Apache
  • Apple QuickTime
  • CentOS
  • Cisco devices
  • IBM AIX
  • 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: 1803669476
  •   Linux 64                      | Update ID:  675163500
  •   Windows 32                     | Update ID: 3596301519
  •   Windows 64                     | Update ID: 2492335335
           

Content update
                 

                   
  • Update ID:  498175741

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.
                           
Rapid7: Recipient of Highest Ranking in Vulnerability Management
from Gartner and Forrester:
http://www.rapid7.com/resources/gartner_marketscope.jsp
http://www.rapid7.com/resources/forrester-wave.jsp
           

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