Nexpose Release December 5, 2011

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Rapid72011-12-05 product update
                  Release announcement


This Rapid7® Nexpose®  release features vulnerability exception API improvements and the ability to download scan logs.


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.

Scope options expand for vulnerability exception API

When creating vulnerability exceptions with the API, you can now select from the full range of scope options that are also available in the Web interface.  Specifically, you can now submit instance-level and asset-level exceptions via the VulnerabilityExceptionCreate API, in addition to the currently implemented  global vulnerability exception. This allows you to be more granular when using the API to exclude vulnerabilities from reports and risk scores.

XML Export identifies vulnerability instances

The XML Export and Simple XML report formats have been updated to include a device ID attribute which is useful for integration purposes.  This improvement also provides the information necessary to submit vulnerability exception requests at the asset level and instance level  via the VulnerabilityExceptionCreate API.

Scan logs can now be downloaded

You can now download the log for any scan from the Web interface. This improvement allows you to save and share logs for troubleshooting or reference.                 It also eliminates a past issue in which attempts to view large log files in the browser sometimes caused the Web interface to become unresponsive.


Product update

  •   Linux 32                      | Update ID: 4083263269
  •   Linux 64                      | Update ID: 41119793
  •   Windows 32                     | Update ID: 3312698578
  •   Windows 64                     | Update ID: 241743117


   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 If you are using the Community version of Nexpose, go to
  • Where can I find announcements for other releases?
    You can find all release announcements in the Rapid7 Community at nts.
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