Nexpose release 5.4.10 November 14, 2012

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Rapid72012-11-14   content and product updates
                  Release announcement


This Rapid7® Nexpose® 5.4.10 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.


November 2012 Patch Tuesday checks | content

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

Fingerprinting improvement | content

The accuracy of fingerprinting the poppassd (password change service) on Apple OS X has been improved, resulting in more accurate operating system and service fingerprints for assets running this service. This improvement will help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and present more accurate information on vulnerabilities.

Accuracy improvement | content

Several false positives in checks for the Apache Web server running on Debian 6.0.6 have been corrected to help you prioritize your remediation efforts more effectively. You must enable correlation in the vulnerability checks section of your scan template for this improvement to take effect.

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.

Fingerprinting improvement | product

Fingerprinting accuracy of the running kernel on Linux systems has been improved to help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and present more accurate information on vulnerabilities.

Coverage improvement | product

Expired TLS/SSL certificates are now properly reported to improve your security coverage.


Product Update IDs

  • Linux 32 | Update ID: 2164528842
  • Linux 64 | Update ID: 3640161843
  • Windows 32 | Update ID: 1371464493
  • Windows 64 | Update ID: 1906432894

Content update ID

  • Update ID: 1549796715


   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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