Nexpose release 5.4.4 September 12, 2012

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Rapid72012-09-12 product and content updates
                  Release announcement


This Rapid7® Nexpose® 5.4.4 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. For information about restarting Nexpose after updating, see the third FAQ.

Fingerprinting  improvement | product


Windows 8 is now fingerprinted to help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and present more accurate information on vulnerabilities.

September 2012 Patch Tuesday checks | content

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

PCI scan template improvement | content

The built-in PCI scan template has been optimized for better scan performance over the Internet.

Usability improvement | content

The URLs used in solutions for Oracle Java vulnerabilities now use stable locations so that you can get the supplemental solution information you need to remediate 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
    • HTTP
    • Tomcat
  • Apple
    • iTunes
    • Java
    • OS X
    • QuickTime
    • Safari
  • Atlassian JIRA
  • BIND
  • CentOS
  • Cisco devices
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla
    • Firefox
    • SeaMonkey
    • Thunderbird
  • OpenSSL
  • Oracle
    • Database
    • Java Runtime Environment
    • Linux
    • MySQL
    • Solaris
  • PHP
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • VMware
    • ESX
    • ESXi

Product Update IDs

  • Linux 32 | Update ID: 4208174427
  • Linux 64 | Update ID: 3083650041
  • Windows 32 | Update ID: 2577751786
  • Windows 64 | Update ID: 3920227632

Content update ID

  • Update ID: 226205366


Released on August 29, 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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