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Qualys Vulnerability Signature Release 2.4.722-4 Oracle DB New Feature

The upcoming release of the Qualys Vulnerability Signature, version 2.4.722-4, includes changes for Oracle Database signatures. The 2.4.722-4 release is live as of October 11, 2019.

Feature Highlights

Oracle Database Signatures (2019)

With the 2.4.722-4 release, Qualys Vulnerability Management extends its support for Oracle DB authentication to include instance-based discovery support for quarterly released Oracle Database patches, which was earlier limited to port-based discovery. Each Oracle Database QID will now display port and instance information in the result section. This enables customers to see multiple instances running on same port. These changes will be in effect for all 2019 and later Oracle Database QIDs.

New Scan Report display for Oracle Database QIDs –

Old Scan Report display for Oracle Database QIDs –

For more information on Oracle Authentication scanning, search the help for “Set Up Oracle Authentication.”

October 2019 Patch Tuesday – 59 vulns, 9 Critical, Azure App Service, Remote Desktop Client, PoC for Windows Error Reporting

This month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday addresses 59 vulnerabilities with only 9 of them labeled as Critical. Of the 9 Critical vulns, 7 of them are for browsers and scripting engines. The remaining 2 are for Azure App Service and Remote Desktop Client. In addition, PoC code has been published for an Important Windows Error Reporting vulnerability. Adobe has not posted any patches for Patch Tuesday, but did issue out-of-band patches for ColdFusion on September 24th.

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Enhanced API Scanning with Postman Support in Qualys WAS

Due to the fast-growing usage of REST APIs, having a way to test them for vulnerabilities in an automated, reliable way is more important than ever.  Automated testing of APIs is a little trickier than for web applications.  You can’t simply enter a starting URL for the scanner and click “Go”.  Additional setup is required to describe the API endpoints for the scanner.  The good news is that Qualys Web Application Scanning (WAS) offers multiple ways to set up a scan for your APIs.

Up to now Qualys WAS has provided two methods to set up scanning of your APIs:

  1. Proxy capture method
  2. Swagger/OpenAPI file method

Now, WAS supports a 3rd method – Postman Collections. As we’ll explain, this method can provide better vulnerability testing compared to the others.

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Qualys Cloud Platform 2.41 New Features

This release of the Qualys Cloud Platform version 2.41 includes updates and new features for new Gov clouds in AssetView / CloudView and Web Application Scanning, highlights as follows.

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Microsoft Released Out-of-Band Security Updates – How to Detect and Remediate

Microsoft released an out-of-band update yesterday that fixes two critical vulnerabilities – The Internet Explorer remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2019-1367) and Microsoft Defender Denial of Service Vulnerability (CVE-2019-1255).

According to the Microsoft advisory CVE-2019-1367, the Internet Explorer scripting engine vulnerability has been exploited in active attacks in the wild. Users are advised to manually update their systems immediately.

UPDATE: Added methods to detect Internet Explorer installs vulnerable to CVE-2019-1367 using only Free Qualys Global IT Asset Inventory, as well as how to patch by CVE with Qualys Patch Management.

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Empower your Cloud Ops Teams – Publish Qualys CloudView Security Assessment Reports to their Slack Channel

In today’s constantly changing and evolving cloud environments, being able to quickly provide information on misconfigurations and security policy violations in your cloud accounts and assets has become a critical need to the success of your security operations. Many cloud platforms offer tools within their specific cloud environments to provide this type of visibility. However, security operations teams are quickly learning that in a multi-cloud environment, they need tools that provides this information across all three major cloud providers in a seamless and centralized way, with normalized data streams. They need a single source of truth for their account security regardless of the public cloud provider or the asset metadata.

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Qualys Cloud Platform 8.21.2 New Features

This new release of the Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC), version 8.21.2, includes Virtual Scanner Appliance support for Alibaba Cloud Compute, scheduling of EC2 scans with no scannable EC2 assets in Asset Tags in Qualys Vulnerability Management, expanded support for instance discovery and auto record creation in Qualys Policy Compliance, compliance support for Oracle 19c, and more.

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Assess Vulnerabilities, Misconfigurations in CI/CD Pipeline

After the publication of Golden AMI Pipeline integration with Qualys, some Qualys customers reached out asking how to integrate Qualys Vulnerability Management scanning into other types of CI/CD Pipelines. To answer these questions, we’ve published the new guide, Assess Vulnerabilities and Misconfiguration in CI/CD Pipelines.

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Qualys Cloud Platform 8.21.2 New Features

The upcoming release of the Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC), version 8.21.2, includes several new features in Qualys Cloud Platform and support for multiple technologies in Qualys Policy Compliance. The 8.21.2 release is scheduled to go live on 16th Sept, 2019.

See full 8.21.2 new features blog post for additional details on this release.

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Patch Management 1.3 New Features

This release of Qualys Patch Management version 1.3 includes new features, highlights as follows.

  • Patch Scheduling enhancement: “No Patch Window” – When scheduling a patch deployment, instead of having to specify a Patch Window time frame, you can select “None”.  This will allow a job to continue to run until all of the Assets in the job are able to perform the deployment, instead of timing out at the end of the Patch Window. This is especially useful in situations where you have an emergency patch that absolutely must be installed as soon as possible.  If an Asset is offline when the job is set to run, it will run the job once the  Cloud Agent checks in again.
  • Suppress reboot – You can choose to suppress the reboot notification and subsequent reboot after a patch deployment.  This feature allows you to deploy patches, and then use another mechanism to restart the Assets.  Any Asset that has the reboot suppressed will still report the Reboot Required flag to the platform.
  • Create Job in “Enabled” state – Previously, you would create a Deployment Job in a Disabled state, and then Enable the job from the Jobs screens.  Now, you can choose to have the Job saved in an Enabled state, reducing the amount of clicks required to start a Job.
  • Opportunistic Patch Download – When creating a Job, you can now opt to have the Cloud Agent download the patches in the background before the job runs, reducing the amount of time the job takes to complete.

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