Nexpose Release November 30, 2011

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Rapid72011-11-30 product and content updates
                  Release announcement

             

This Rapid7® Nexpose® release features new and updated vulnerability checks and improvements to accuracy, fingerprinting, and  Web spidering.
                 
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 better detection and reporting of vulnerabilities to help you prioritize remediation efforts more effectively.


  • Improved Apple ID references in the vulnerability description ensure that you can find the background information you need about Apple vulnerabilities.
  • A false negative due to Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) returning inconsistent file information has been resolved in the check for the vulnerability announced in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-017.
            

Fingerprinting improvements | product
                 

           

Fingerprinting improvements help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and present more accurate information on vulnerabilities.

  • Fingerprinting for Oracle Linux has been added.
  • Fingerprinting for Microsoft SQL 2008 SP3 has been added.
                                                  

Web spidering improvement | product
                 

              

The Web spider now correctly detects when a host is unreachable during a scan and stops sending requests. This improves scan times by reducing HTTP requests sent to unreachable hosts.

                

Accuracy improvements | content
                 

               

Accuracy improvements provide better detection and reporting of vulnerabilities to help you prioritize remediation efforts more effectively.

 
  • Checks the vulnerabilities announced in Microsoft Security Bulletins MS08-029, MS08-030, and MS11-052 have been improved.
  • False negatives in the check for the vulnerability announced in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-019 have been resolved for systems running Windows 2008 and 2008 R2.
  • Checks related to vulnerabilities announced in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-013 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 have been improved.
  • False positives in the check for the vulnerability announced in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-025 have been resolved on Gold versions of Microsoft Visual Studio.
  • Checks for vulnerabilities announced in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-035 now correctly supersede checks in Security Bulletin MS09-039 where necessary, resulting in more accurate vulnerability results for affected platforms.
  • Checks for IIS have been improved to work better with Windows NT and 2000 operating systems.

Coverage improvement | content
                 

            

A check for CVE-2011-4313 (BIND 9 Resolver crashes after logging an error in query.c) has been added.

             

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
  • BIND
  • 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: 3907238353
  •   Linux 64                      | Update ID:  3142448270
  •   Windows 32                     | Update ID: 2907640554
  •   Windows 64                     | Update ID:      3506364041
             

Content update
                 

                 
  • Update ID: 3901450553
 

Installers
                 

   Released on November 17, 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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