Nexpose Release December 14, 2011

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Rapid72011-12-14 product and content updates
                  Release announcement


This Rapid7® Nexpose® 5.0.3 release applies checks for Patch Tuesday exposures and features new and updated vulnerability checks and improvements to coverage and 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.

Fingerprinting improvement | product


Microsoft Silverlight is now fingerprinted to help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and present more accurate information on vulnerabilities.


Coverage improvement | product


Packages installed on Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems now appear in the Installed Software Listing.


Coverage improvement | content


Check results for targets that have information assurance vulnerability alert (IAVA) identifiers now reference those identifiers allowing you to categorize certain vulnerabilities according to this U.S. Department of Defense standard. If you do not apply the latest product update, you may see error messages related to Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM) in your logs. The errors are benign and can be safely ignored. You can eliminate the IAVM error messages by applying the update. If you have any additional questions, please contact Technical Support.


December 2011 Patch Tuesday checks | content


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


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
  • 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: 2886638771
  •   Linux 64                      | Update ID:  899284214
  •   Windows 32                     | Update ID: 3480181050
  •   Windows 64                     | Update ID:      3513781285

Content update

  • Update ID: 3175997908


   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
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