Last updated at Tue, 02 Aug 2022 12:34:02 GMT

The Vulnerability Management team kicked off Q2 by remediating the instances of Spring4Shell (CVE-2022-22965) and Spring Cloud (CVE-2022-22963) vulnerabilities that impacted cybersecurity teams worldwide. We also made several investments to both InsightVM and Nexpose throughout the second quarter that will help improve and better automate vulnerability management for your organization. Let’s dive in!

[InsightVM] New dashboard cards based on CVSS v3 Severity

CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) is an open standard for scoring the severity of vulnerabilities; it’s a key metric that organizations use to prioritize risk in their environments. To empower organizations with tools to do this more effectively, we recently duplicated seven CVSS dashboard cards in InsightVM to include a version that sorts the vulnerabilities based on CVSS v3 scores.The v3 CVSS system made some changes to both quantitative and qualitative scores. For example, Log4Shell had a score of 9.3 (high) in v2 and a 10 (critical) in v3.

Having both V2 and V3 version dashboards available allows you to prioritize and sort vulnerabilities according to your chosen methodology. Security is not one-size-fits all, and the CVSS v2 scoring might provide more accurate vulnerability prioritization for some customers. InsightVM allows customers to choose whether v2 or v3 scoring is a better option for their organizations’ unique needs.  

The seven cards now available for CVSS v3 are:

  • Exploitable Vulnerabilities by CVSS Score
  • Exploitable Vulnerability Discovery Date by CVSS Score
  • Exploitable Vulnerability Publish Age by CVSS Score
  • Vulnerability Count By CVSS Score Over Time
  • Vulnerabilities by CVSS Score
  • Vulnerability Discovery Date by CVSS Score
  • Vulnerability Publish Age by CVSS Score

[InsightVM] Asset correlation for Citrix VDI instances

You asked, and we listened. By popular demand, InsightVM can now identify agent-based assets that are Citrix VDI instances and correlate them to the user, enabling more accurate asset/instance tagging.

Previously, when a user started a non-persistent VDI, it created a new AgentID, which then created a new asset in the console and consumed a user license. The InsightVM team is excited to bring this solution to our customers for this widely persistent problem.

Through the Improved Agent experience for Citrix VDI instances, when User X logs into their daily virtual desktop, it will automatically correlate to User’s experience, maintain the asset history, and consume only one license. The result is a smoother, more streamlined experience for organizations that deploy and scan Citrix VDI.

[Nexpose and InsightVM] Scan Assistant made even easier to manage

In December 2021, we launched Scan Assistant, a lightweight service deployed on an asset that uses digital certificates for handshake instead of account-based credentials; This alleviates the credential management headaches VM teams often encounter. The Scan Assistant is also designed to drive improved vulnerability scanning performance in both InsightVM and Nexpose, with faster completion times for both vulnerability and policy scans.

We recently released Scan Assistant 1.1.0, which automates Scan Assistant software updates and digital certificate rotation for customers seeking to deploy and maintain a fleet of Scan Assistants. This new automation improves security – digital certificates are more difficult to compromise than credentials – and simplifies administration for organizations by enabling them to centrally manage features from the Security Console.

Currently, these enhancements are only available on Windows OS. To opt into automated Scan Assistant software updates and/or digital certificate rotation, please visit the Scan Assistant tab in the Scan Template.

[Nexpose and InsightVM] Recurring coverage

Rapid7 is committed to providing ongoing monitoring and coverage for a number of software products and services. The Vulnerability Management team continuously evaluates items to add to our recurring coverage list, basing selections on threat and security advisories, overall industry adoption, and customer requests.

We recently added several notable software products/services to our list of recurring coverage, including:

  • AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux. These free Linux operating systems have grown in popularity among Rapid7 Vulnerability Management customers seeking a replacement for CentOS. Adding recurring coverage for both AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux enables customers to more safely make the switch and maintain visibility into their vulnerability risk profile.
  • Oracle E-Business Suite. ERP systems contain organizations’ “crown jewels” – like customer data, financial information, strategic plans, and other proprietary data – so it’s no surprise that attacks on these systems have increased in recent years. Our new recurring coverage for the Oracle E-Business Suite is one of the most complex pieces of recurring coverage added to our list, providing coverage for several different components to ensure ongoing protection for Oracle E-Business Suite customers’ most valuable information.
  • VMware Horizon. The VMware Horizon platform enables the delivery of virtual desktops and applications across a number of operating systems. VDI is a prime target for bad actors trying to access customer environments, due in part to its multiple entry points; once a hacker gains entry, it’s fairly easy for them to jump into a company’s servers and critical files. By providing recurring coverage for both the VMware server and client, Rapid7 gives customers broad coverage of this particular risk profile.

[InsightVM]​​ Remediation Projects

Remediation Projects help security teams collaborate and track progress of remediation work (often assigned to their IT ops counterparts). We’re excited to announce a few updates to this feature:

Better way to track progress for projects

The InsightVM team has updated the metric that calculates progress for Remediation Projects. The new metric will advance for each individual asset remediated within a “solution” group. Yes, this means customers no longer have to wait for all the affected assets to be remediated to see progress. Security teams can thus have meaningful discussions about progress with assigned remediators or upper management. Learn more.

Remediator Export

We added a new and much requested solution-based CSV export option to Remediation Projects. Remediator Export contains detailed information about the assets, vulnerabilities, proof data, and more for a given solution. This update makes it easy and quick for the Security teams to share relevant data with the Remediation team. It also gives remediators all of the information they need. We call this a win-win for both teams! Learn more.

Project search bar for Projects

Our team has added a search bar on the Remediation Projects page. This highly requested feature empowers customers to easily locate a project instead of having to scroll down the entire list.

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