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Release Notes for Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Manager Express 7.2.1

Table Of Contents

Release Notes for Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Manager Express 7.2.1

Contents

IME File List

System Requirements

System Restrictions

New and Changed Information

Obtaining Software on Cisco.com

Installing or Upgrading Cisco IME and Migrating Data Into IME

Creating and Changing the IME Password

Recovering the IME Password

Cisco Security Intelligence Operations

Restrictions and Limitations

Caveats

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation, Using the Cisco Bug Search Tool, and Submitting a Service Request


Release Notes for Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Manager Express 7.2.1


Published: December 5, 2011, OL-26501-01
Revised: October 28, 2013

Contents

IME File List

System Requirements

System Restrictions

New and Changed Information

Obtaining Software on Cisco.com

Installing or Upgrading Cisco IME and Migrating Data Into IME

Creating and Changing the IME Password

Recovering the IME Password

Cisco Security Intelligence Operations

Restrictions and Limitations

Caveats

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation, Using the Cisco Bug Search Tool, and Submitting a Service Request

IME File List

The following files are part of Cisco IME 7.2.1:

Cisco IME

IME-7.2.1.exe

Readme

IME-7.2.1.readme.txt

System Requirements

The IME has the following system requirements:

Supported IPS versions

IPS 6.2

IPS 7.0

IPS 7.1

Minimum hardware requirements

IBM PC-compatible 2-GHz or faster processor

Color monitor with at least 1024 x768 resolution and a video card capable of 16-bit colors

100-GB hard-disk drive

2-GB RAM

Supported Operating Systems

Windows Vista Business and Ultimate (32-bit only)

Windows XP Professional (32-bit only)

Windows Server 2003 R2

Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)

Windows Server 2008 (32- and 64-bit)

Supported Cisco IPS hardware platforms

IPS 4240

IPS 4255

IPS 4260

IPS 4270-20

IPS 4345

IPS 4360

IDSM2

AIM IPS

NME IPS

ASA 5500 AIP SSC-5

ASA 5500 AIP SSM-10

ASA 5500 AIP SSM-20

ASA 5500 AIP SSM-40

ASA 5512-X IPS SSP

ASA 5515-X IPS SSP

ASA 5525-X IPS SSP

ASA 5545-X IPS SSP

ASA 5555-X IPS SSP

ASA 5585-X IPS SSP-10

ASA 5585-X IPS SSP-20

ASA 5585-X IPS SSP-40

ASA 5585-X IPS SSP-60


Note Although the IME also supports the IDS 4210, IDS 4215, IDS 4235, IDS 4250, and NM CIDS, these platforms do support any IPS software past IPS 6.1, and some of the IME features are not supported.


The IME supports the following Cisco IPS versions with the following features:

Cisco IPS 7.1

IPv6

Sensor Configuration

Sensor Health Dashboard

Events Dashboard

Event Monitoring

Reporting

Up to 10 devices

Up to 100 EPS

Cisco IPS 7.0

IPv6

Sensor Configuration

Sensor Health Dashboard

Events Dashboard

Event Monitoring

Reporting

Up to 10 devices

Up to 100 EPS

Cisco IPS 6.2

IPv6

Sensor Configuration

Sensor Health Dashboard

Events Dashboard

Event Monitoring

Reporting

Up to 10 devices

Up to 100 EPS

Cisco IPS 6.1

Sensor Configuration

Sensor Health Dashboard

Events Dashboard

Event Monitoring

Reporting

Up to 10 devices

Up to 100 EPS

Cisco IPS 6.0

Events Dashboard

Events Monitoring

Reporting

Up to 10 devices

Up to 100 EPS

Cisco IPS 5.1

Events Dashboard

Events Monitoring

Reporting

Up to 10devices

Up to 100 EPS

Cisco IOS IPS 12.3(14)T7 and 12.4(15)T2

Events Dashboard

Events Monitoring

Reporting

Up to 10 devices

Up to 100 EPS

System Restrictions

The following system restrictions apply to the platforms and IPS software versions supported by IME 7.2.1:

The ASA 5585-X IPS SSP is supported in IPS 7.1(1)E4 and later.

The IPS 4345 and the IPS 4360 are supported in IPS 7.1(3)E4 and later.


Note Although these platforms are supported in IME 7.2.1, they are not yet referenced in the online help.


The ASA 5500-X IPS SSP series is supported in IPS 7.1(3)E4 and later.


Note Although these platforms are supported in IME 7.2.1, they are not yet referenced in the online help.


The IPS 4270-20 is supported in IPS 6.2(x) and later, 7.0(x) and later, and IPS 7.1(3)E4 and later.

The IPS 4240, IPS 4255, IPS 4260 appliances are supported in 6.2(x) and IPS 7.0(x).

The AIM IPS, NME IPS, and ASA 5500 AIP SSM modules are supported in 6.2(x) and IPS 7.0(x).

The IDSM2 is supported in 6.2(x) and IPS 7.0(x).

Anomaly detection is disabled by default beginning in IPS 7.1(2)E4.

AAA RADIUS is only supported in IPS 7.0(4)E4 and later and IPS 7.1(3)E4 and later.

Global correlation is supported in IPS 7.0 and later.

The ASA 5585-X IPS SSP and the ASA 5500-X IPS SSP do not support bypass mode.

New and Changed Information

IME 7.2.1 has the following new features:

Support for the IPS 4345, IPS 4360, ASA 5512-X IPS SSP, ASA 5515-X IPS SSP, ASA 5525-X IPS SSP, ASA 5545-X IPS SSP, and ASA 5555-X IPS SSP.


Note Although these platforms are supported in IME 7.2.1, they are not yet referenced in the online help.


Support for IPS 7.1(3)E4—AAA RADIUS support added, idle timeout CLI setting, reorganization of time-based actions, login banner, packet command restrictions, and SNMP health and security monitoring.

Periodic emailed reports—The ability to have user-specified reports sent at periodic intervals by email to a specified email address.

Database integrity check—You can now initiate a database integrity check in the Tools > Preferences menu.

For More Information

For a list of the IPS 7.1(3)E4 features, refer to New and Changed Information.

For more information about periodic emailed reports, refer to Configuring Reports.

Obtaining Software on Cisco.com

You can find major and minor updates, service packs, signature and signature engine updates, system and recovery files, firmware upgrades, and Readmes on the Download Software site on Cisco.com. Signature updates are posted to Cisco.com approximately every week, more often if needed. Service packs are posted to Cisco.com in a release train format, a new release every three months. Major and minor updates are also posted periodically. Check Cisco.com regularly for the latest IPS software.

You must have an account with cryptographic access before you can download software. You set this account up the first time you download IPS software from the Download Software site.


Note You must be logged in to Cisco.com to download software. You must have an active IPS maintenance contract and a Cisco.com password to download software. You must have a sensor license to apply signature updates.


Downloading Cisco IPS Software

To download software on Cisco.com, follow these steps:


Step 1 Log in to Cisco.com.

Step 2 From the Support drop-down menu, choose Download Software.

Step 3 Under Select a Software Product Category, choose Security Software.

Step 4 Choose Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).

Step 5 Enter your username and password.

Step 6 In the Download Software window, choose IPS Appliances > Cisco Intrusion Prevention System and then click the version you want to download.


Note You must have an IPS subscription service license to download software.


Step 7 Click the type of software file you need. The available files appear in a list in the right side of the window. You can sort by file name, file size, memory, and release date. And you can access the Release Notes and other product documentation.

Step 8 Click the file you want to download. The file details appear.

Step 9 Verify that it is the correct file, and click Download.

Step 10 Click Agree to accept the software download rules. The File Download dialog box appears. The first time you download a file from Cisco.com, you must fill in the Encryption Software Export Distribution Authorization form before you can download the software.

a. Fill out the form and click Submit. The Cisco Systems Inc. Encryption Software Usage Handling and Distribution Policy appears.

b. Read the policy and click I Accept. The Encryption Software Export/Distribution Form appears.

If you previously filled out the Encryption Software Export Distribution Authorization form, and read and accepted the Cisco Systems Inc. Encryption Software Usage Handling and Distribution Policy, these forms are not displayed again.

Step 11 Open the file or save it to your computer.

Step 12 Follow the instructions in the Readme or the Release Notes to install the update.


Installing or Upgrading Cisco IME and Migrating Data Into IME


Note Beginning with IME 7.0.3, you are required to create a password to access the IME.


Cisco IEV, Cisco IOS IPS, and CSM

If you have a version of Cisco IPS Event Viewer installed, the Install wizard prompts you to remove it before installing the IME.

The IME event monitoring is also supported in IOS-IPS versions that support the Cisco IPS 5.x/6.x signature format. We recommend IOS-IPS 12.4(15)T4 if you intend to use the IME to monitor an IOS IPS device. Some of the new IME functionality including health monitoring is not supported.


Caution Do not install the IME on top of existing installations of CSM. You must uninstall CSM before installing the IME.

Installation Notes and Caveats


Note If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, and an IME version earlier than 7.1.1, uninstall IME before upgrading it. Otherwise, just upgrade from your current IME version.


Observe the following when installing or upgrading the IME:

You can install the IME over all versions of the IME but not over IEV. All alert database and user settings are preserved.

The IME detects previous versions of IEV and prompts you to manually remove the older version before installing the IME or to install the IME on another system. The installation program then stops.

Make sure you close any open instances of the IME before upgrading to a new version of the IME.

Disable any anti-virus or host-based intrusion detection software before beginning the installation, and close any open applications. The installer spawns a command shell application that may trigger your host-based detection software, which causes the installation to fail.

You must be administrator to install the IME.

The IME coexists with other instances of the MySQL database. If you have a MySQL database installed on your system, you do NOT have to uninstall it before installing the IME.

Installing or Upgrading the IME

To install the IME, follow these steps:


Step 1 From the Download Software site on Cisco.com, download the IME executable file to your computer, or start the IDM in a browser window, and under Cisco IPS Manager Express, click download to install the IME executable file. IME-7.2.1.exe is an example of what the IME executable file might look like.

Step 2 Double-click the executable file. The Cisco IPS Manager Express - InstallShield Wizard appears. You receive a warning if you have a previous version of Cisco IPS Event Viewer installed. Acknowledge the warning, and exit installation. Remove the older version of IEV, and then continue the IME installation.

Step 3 Click Next to start the IME installation.

Step 4 Accept the license agreement and click Next.

Step 5 Click Next to choose the destination folder, click Install to install the IME, and then click Finish to exit the wizard. The Cisco IME and Cisco IME Demo icons are now on your desktop.


Note The first time you start the IME, you are prompted to set up a password.



Migrating IEV Data

To migrate IEV 5.x events to the IME, you must exit the installation and manually export the old events by using the IEV 5.x export function to move the data to local files. After installing the IME, you can import these files to the new IME system.


Note The IME does not support import and migration functions for IEV 4.x.


To export event data from IEV 5.x to a local file:


Step 1 From IEV 5.x, choose File > Database Administration > Export Database Tables.

Step 2 Enter the file name and select the table(s).

Step 3 Click OK. The events in the selected table(s) are exported to the specified local file.


Importing IEV Event Data In to IME

To import event data in to the IME, follow these steps:


Step 1 From the IME, choose File > Import.

Step 2 Select the file exported from IEV 5.x and click Open. The contents of the selected file are imported in to the IME.


For More Information

For the procedure for creating and changing the IME password, see Creating and Changing the IME Password.

For instructions on how to obtain Cisco IPS software, see Obtaining Software on Cisco.com.

Importing IEV Event Data In to IME

To import event data in to IME, follow these steps:


Step 1 From IME, choose File > Import.

Step 2 Select the file exported from IEV 5.x and click Open.

The contents of the selected file are imported in to IME.


For More Information

For more information about Cisco IME, refer to Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Manager Express Configuration Guide for IPS 7.1.

Creating and Changing the IME Password


Note Beginning with IME 7.0.3, you are required to create a password to access the IME.


When you start the IME for the first time, the Password Policy dialog box appears. Enter a password that you will use to access the IME. Reenter the password to confirm, and then click OK. From now on when you log in to the IME, enter your password in the Enter IME password field and click OK. To change the IME password, choose Tools > Change User Password, and enter your existing password, your new password, and then reenter the new password to confirm. When you uninstall and reinstall the IME, you must create a new user password. You do not have to restart the IME after a password change.


Note The IME does not support user roles or multiple sessions, so you do not need to configure a user name.


Password Requirements

The IME password has the following requirements:

Must contain at least 8 characters and no more than 80.

Must contain characters from at least three of the following classes:

Lower case letters

Upper case letters

Digits

Special characters (! @ $ % & *)

No single character repeated more than two times consecutively.

All input must be ASCII characters.


Note The IME performs other checks to make sure that the password is secure. You receive an error message if the password does not pass validation.


Recovering the IME Password

To recover the IME password, follow these steps:


Step 1 Stop the IME client.

Step 2 Delete the hosts.cfg file from the installed directory.

Example

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Cisco Systems\IME\iev\hosts.cfg
 
   

Step 3 Restart the IME client.

Step 4 You are prompted to create a new password.

No events are lost from the database, including new events between the time you deleted hosts.cfg and restarted the IME. However, the event account user name and password will be used for both events and configuration. If you had different user names and passwords for the event and configuration roles, you must edit each device to restore them.


Cisco Security Intelligence Operations

The Cisco Security Intelligence Operations site on Cisco.com provides intelligence reports about current vulnerabilities and security threats. It also has reports on other security topics that help you protect your network and deploy your security systems to reduce organizational risk.

You should be aware of the most recent security threats so that you can most effectively secure and manage your network. Cisco Security Intelligence Operations contains the top ten intelligence reports listed by date, severity, urgency, and whether there is a new signature available to deal with the threat.

Cisco Security Intelligence Operations contains a Security News section that lists security articles of interest. There are related security tools and links.

You can access Cisco Security Intelligence Operations at this URL:

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/home.x

Cisco Security Intelligence Operations is also a repository of information for individual signatures, including signature ID, type, structure, and description.

You can search for security alerts and signatures at this URL:

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/search.x

Restrictions and Limitations

The following restrictions and limitations apply to Cisco IME 7.2.1:

Although the following platforms are supported in IME 7.2.1, they are not yet referenced in the online help:

IPS 4345

IPS 4360

ASA 5512-X IPS SSP

ASA 5515-X IPS SSP

ASA 5525-X IPS SSP

ASA 5545-X IPS SSP

ASA 5555-X IPS SSP

You can use the IME to monitor sensors running Cisco IPS 5.0 and later; however, some of the new features and functionality in IME are only supported on sensors running IPS 6.1 or later.

IME 7.2.1 does not support Cisco IPS 4.x or 3.x sensors.

You can install IME 7.2.1 over all versions of the IME but not over IEV. All alert database and user settings are preserved.

IME 7.2.1 detects previous versions of IEV and prompts you to manually remove the older version before installing IME 7.2.1 or to install the IME on another system. The installation program then stops.

Make sure you close any open instances of the IME before upgrading to IME 7.2.1.


Note If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, uninstall any earlier version of the IME before upgrading. Otherwise, just upgrade from your current IME version.


Disable any anti-virus or host-based intrusion detection software before beginning the installation, and close any open applications. The installer spawns a command shell application that may trigger your host-based detection software, which causes the installation to fail.

You must be administrator to install the IME.

IME 7.2.1 coexists with other instances of the MySQL database. If you have a MySQL database installed on your system, you do NOT have to uninstall it before installing IME 7.2.1.

For IPS 5.0 and later, you can no longer remove the cisco account. You can disable it using the no password cisco command, but you cannot remove it. To use the no password cisco command, there must be another administrator account on the sensor. Removing the cisco account through the service account is not supported. If you remove the cisco account through the service account, the sensor most likely will not boot up, so to recover the sensor you must reinstall the sensor system image.

The IME launches MySDN from the last browser window you opened, which is the default setting for Windows. To change this default behavior, in Internet Explorer, choose Tools > Internet Options, and then click the Advanced tab. Scroll down and uncheck the Reuse windows for launching shortcuts check box.

For More Information

For more information about MySDN, refer to MySDN.

Caveats

The following known issues are found in Cisco IME 7.2.1:

CSCtr57211—Spyker: Issue with sensor health metric in 'Sensor Health' details pane

CSCts95796—unclear phrase for data filtering info in the email notification pdf

CSCtg50439—Events not retrieved when source address is the victim

CSCtg63072—Deleted IME customer reports show back after exit/restart IME client

CSCtb88463—Video Help needs updating for 10 device, and new features

CSCtg14777—IME Installation wizard should warn user if IME client is running

CSCtj42021—IME: "Sensor Certificate Expired" Error Message Needed

CSCtn18188—IME client killed by fatal error detected by Java Runtime Environment

CSCtl02274—IME panels freeze after Send a Test Mail if SMTP mail server not setup

CSCti45547—Mon Stop Attacker should not populate ipv6 if using Block on another

Related Documentation

For a complete list of the Cisco IPS 7.1 documentation and where to find it, refer to the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/ips/7.1/roadmap/19889_01.html

For a complete list of the Cisco ASA 5500 series documentation and where to find it, refer to the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/roadmap/asaroadmap.html

Obtaining Documentation, Using the Cisco Bug Search Tool, and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, using the Cisco Bug Search Tool (BST), submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see What's New in Cisco Product Documentation at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html.

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