Nexpose Release February 29, 2012

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Rapid72012-02-29 product and content updates
                  Release announcement

This Rapid7® Nexpose® 5.1.3 release contains the following updates:                 

  • new and updated vulnerability checks
  • improvements to Web spidering
  • improvements to fingerprinting and coverage

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 improvements | product

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

Web spider improvements | product

Web spider improvements reduce scan times, increase accuracy, and allow form authentication to work as expected.             


Coverage improvements | content

Vulnerability checks for Mozilla Thunderbird have been added to expand your security coverage.


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
    • Reader
    • Shockwave
  • Apache
  • Apple
    • iTunes
    • Java
    • OS X
    • QuickTime
    • Safari
  • BIND
  • CentOS
  • Cisco devices
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Mozilla
    • Firefox
    • SeaMonkey
    • Thunderbird
  • OpenSSL
  • Oracle Linux
  • 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: 3572341050
  • Linux 64| Update ID: 640666307
  • Windows 32| Update ID: 180344023
  • Windows 64| Update ID: 1404853366


Content update

  • Update ID: 2995854475


Released on January 23, 2012 (see the
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 previous releases?
    You can find all release announcements in the Rapid7 Community at nts.
  • Where can I find content and product update IDs?
    You can find current Content and Product update IDs in the most recent Nexpose release announcement in the Rapid7 Community at nts.


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