NeXpose® 4.11.1 released
This Rapid7® NeXpose® 4.11.1 release features the Next Generation Database Architecture, as well as improvements to PCI reports, Dynamic Asset Groups, and scanning.
These release notes document what’s new in the next 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.
Next Generation Database Architecture
The new Next Generation Database Architecture features a number of significant changes to the core database architecture to improve performance, scalability, and reliability.
Migrating the core database from PostgreSQL 8.2.x to PostgreSQL 9.0.3 enables better reporting and user interface performance and easier maintenance.
To execute the migration, first download and review the guide, Migrating the NeXpose Database. This document includes detailed instructions on how to prepare for, run, and monitor the migration.
After reviewing the guide, go to the Database Migration page, which you can access by clicking the maintenance link on the Administration page of the console Web interface. When you are ready to execute the migration, click the Start Migration button. Follow the migration guide for instructions throughout the process.
The core database migration is available for all currently supported platforms:
- MS Windows Server 2003 SP2 / Server 2003 R2
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 and 5.5
- Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
- Core database migration is not available for Debian 3.1 or any other unsupported platform.
Partitioning of large tables accelerates queries for faster display of vulnerability and asset data.
Optimizing creation and removal of vulnerability exceptions allows you to complete these tasks in less time.
The availability of 64-bit PostgreSQL for 64-bit Windows allows Windows users to take full advantage of the 64-bit database architecture.
PCI report improvements
Several improvements to the functionality and appearance of PCI reports make them easier to create and read:
A new section in the PCI Executive Summary report provides a graphical summary of PCI compliance status in several charts, so that Approved Scan Vendors (ASVs) can view compliance statistics at a glance.
Organization fields in the Site Configuration wizard allow ASVs to enter PCI scan customer information, which is then auto-populated in PCI scan reports. This eliminates the need for ASVs to manually enter customer information after generating PCI reports.
The PCI Vulnerability Details report now takes into account approved vulnerability exceptions to determine compliance status for each vulnerability instance.
The sorting of assets by IP address in the PCI Executive Summary report makes it easier to find, and work with, PCI scan data.
Updates to page layout and table formatting in PCI reports improve readability.
An enhancement now makes it possible for a scan engine on a Windows host to run new scans without restarting if a network interface is added or if the host changes its IP address or resumes operations after coming out of suspension or hibernation.
A bug fix ensures that all sockets are closed after the completion of an authenticated scan of a Windows target using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
A bug fix corrects a memory leak issue that occurred during scan initialization.
Dynamic Asset Groups improvements
Several modifications ensure better handling of Dynamic Asset Group data:
The new host type filter in the filtered asset search makes it possible to create Dynamic Asset Groups that include virtualized types of targets. The filter allows you to search for hypervisors, guest virtual machines, or bare metal hosts, so that you can track these different host types and address security issues that are specific to each type. Additionally, the host type for each discovered asset now appears in the Device Details table for each asset page.
An improvement causes Dynamic Asset Groups to display the correct number of entries when an included asset has a vulnerability exception.
Changes to IP address ranges in asset search filters correctly update search results and Dynamic Asset Group membership.
Improved display of correlated asset information
A bug fix ensures that information about correlated assets, including alias names and primary IP addresses, is always presented correctly.
New maintenance functionality
The enhanced database cleanup task now removes unnecessary data from the database.
A new task regenerates scan statistics to ensure their accuracy in the Web interface and reports. See the administrator’s guide to determine whether you should perform these tasks.
A bug fix ensures that product startup is no longer affected by having more than 16 entries listed in the NeXposeEnvironment.env file, which contains properties that control various operations.
Web interface improvements
In Internet Explorer 8, you can now log onto the security console Web interface using the Enter key after entering your credentials.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whom should I contact for more information about this release?
Contact our Technical Support Team at Support@Rapid7.com.
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