Nexpose release 5.4.9 October 31, 2012

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Rapid72012-10-31   product and content updates
                  Release announcement


This Rapid7® Nexpose® 5.4.9 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.


Coverage improvement | product


Coverage improvements provide better security coverage.


  • Windows policy checks now run properly to provide better security coverage.
  • False positives in a vulnerability check for single user mode on Linux systems have been resolved for Red Hat Linux 6 and later, as well as for Red Hat Linux variants.


Fingerprinting improvement | product


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


  • Adobe Reader version 4 and higher are now properly fingerprinted.
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and variants are now fingerprinted correctly.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is now fingerprinted correctly when detected with the TDS protocol.


Coverage improvement | content


False positives for recent Microsoft Internet Explorer vulnerability checks when running on Windows Vista, 7, and 2008 have been resolved to provide better security coverage.


Fingerprinting improvement | content


Fingerprinting of various assets, including printers and other embedded devices, has been improved over SNMP, FTP, PJL, and more to help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and present more accurate information on vulnerabilities.


Scanning improvement | content


Authenticated scanning coverage for Microsoft SQL Server has been improved to provide more accurate vulnerability results. 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
    • 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


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: 1510652876
  • Linux 64 | Update ID: 1505067050
  • Windows 32 | Update ID: 1841642167
  • Windows 64 | Update ID: 711582500

Content update ID

  • Update ID: 4133450026


   Released on October 31, 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 notice that the most recent dates on the News page do not match the version dates listed on the Nexpose Security Console Configuration panel. The dates on the News page are official release dates. The dates on the Security Console panel indicate when the application files were finalized.
  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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