Nexpose Release 5.2.4 May 9, 2012

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Rapid72012-05-09 product and content updates
                  Release announcement


This Rapid7® Nexpose® 5.2.4 release contains the following updates:           

You can read detailed information about this release and find current content and product update IDs in the most recent Nexpose release announcement in the Rapid7  Community.                  

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. For information about restarting Nexpose after updating, see the third FAQ.


Reminder: Update your installation with the version released May 16, 2012


You must apply the May 16, 2012 update: After July 25, your installation will be ineligible to receive any content updates unless you have already updated to Nexpose 5.3. Over time, this will result in decreased accuracy and validity of your results and reporting. If you have automatic updates enabled, you will not be affected.


Vulnerability checks for May 2012 Patch Tuesday exposures | content

  New  vulnerability checks provide up-to-date Microsoft Patch Tuesday scan coverage for May 2012. For information about all current security bulletins covered in this release, see the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2012. Use the checks in this content update to verify that the latest Microsoft patches have been applied to system assets.


Fingerprinting improvements | product

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

  • Fingerprinting of Adobe software has been improved in situations where Adobe software was installed or removed incorrectly.
  • Fingerprinting of Windows software utilizing the Windows registry service exposed through Common Internet File System (CIFS) will no longer run against non-Windows targets. This improves scan times on UNIX targets that have Samba or similar CIFS services running.

Fingerprinting improvement | content  

Fingerprinting of various proprietary, embedded HTTP servers has been improved to help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and present more accurate information on vulnerabilities.


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: 1230186919
    •   Linux 64 | Update ID: 2513419216
    •   Windows 32|Update ID: 2343837536
    •   Windows 64| Update ID: 2706153692

Content update ID  


      • Update ID: 203303119


    Released on March 21, 2012 (see the sixth 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. When will Nexpose restart?
            Nexpose will install the updates in the background if  scans are currently running and will restart automatically when the scans complete. If you receive error messages after installing updates, stop or pause any scans and restart Nexpose.
          4. 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.
          5. 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.
          6. 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.
          7. 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
          8. Where can I find announcements for previous releases?
            You can find all release announcements in the Rapid7 Community at nts.
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