Nexpose Release March 29, 2012

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Rapid72012-03-29 product and content updates
                  Release announcement


This Rapid7® Nexpose® 5.2.1 release contains the following updates:            

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 help you prioritize remediation efforts more effectively.

  • The CVSS score for operating system command injection has been increased to provide a more accurate risk calculation.
  • Enhanced cross-site scripting payloads and patterns reduce false positives generated in scans of specific or rare Web applications.

Coverage improvements | product


The following new and updated vulnerability checks have been added to expand your security coverage:

  • A vulnerability check for improperly secured WebDAV servers now properly concludes.
  • The Symantec Endpoint Protection DAT version is now detected and reported in the software listing for all systems running SEP.

Web spider improvements | product

  • The Web spider collects more target information when identifying a vulnerability by sending specially crafted strings. This helps you reproduce and remediate the vulnerability more efficiently.
  • The Web spider handles 404 URLs more efficiently to reduce scan times for most Web applications.
  • The Web spider is now able to identify code injection vulnerabilities in multiple operating systems and development languages. This improvement adds coverage for OWASP's A1 vulnerabilities.

Coverage improvements | content


The following new and updated vulnerability checks have been added to expand your security coverage:

  • Adobe AIR
  • Google Chrome running on Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Apple OS X. This improvement requires the most recent product update.
  • Microsoft Silverlight for Apple OS X targets. This improvement requires the most recent product update.

Bi-monthly vulnerability check update | content                


New vulnerability and patch checks bring coverage up to date for the following operating systems and applications:

  • Adobe
    • AIR
    • 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 IDs

  • Linux 32 | Update ID: 3156269501
  • Linux 64 | Update ID: 1123257707
  • Windows 32 |Update ID: 1096039403
  • Windows 64| Update ID: 2994291181

Content update IDs

  • Update ID: 2985068645


   Released on March 21, 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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Where can I find announcements for previous releases?
    You can find all release announcements in the Rapid7 Community at nts.
  8. 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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