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Release Notes for Cisco Security MARS Appliance 6.1.9

Table Of Contents

Release Notes for Cisco Security MARS Appliance 6.1.9

Introduction

Supported Hardware

New Features

Changes and Enhancements

New Vendor Signatures

Upgrade Instructions

Important Upgrade Notes

General Notes

Upgrade to 6.1.1 through 6.1.9

Upgrade to 6.0.2 through 6.0.8

Upgrade to 6.0.1

Upgrade Path Matrix

Downloading the Upgrade Package from CCO

Documentation Errata

Important Notes

Caveats

Open Caveats for Supporting Devices

Open Caveats—Release 6.1.9

Resolved Caveats—Release 6.1.9

Resolved Caveats—Releases Prior to 6.1.9

Product Documentation

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines


Release Notes for Cisco Security MARS Appliance 6.1.9


Last Published: October 1, 2013


Note We sometimes update the printed and electronic documentation after original publication. Therefore, you should review the documentation on Cisco.com for any updates.


These release notes are for use with the Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System (MARS) Release 6.1.9, running on any supported MARS Appliance model listed in Supported Hardware.

This chapter contains the following topics:

Introduction

Supported Hardware

New Features

Upgrade Instructions

Documentation Errata

Important Notes

Caveats

Product Documentation

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

Introduction

Release 6.1.9 is now available as an upgrade of 6.1.8 of your software release in support of the MARS Appliance models as identified in Supported Hardware. Registered SMARTnet users can obtain release 6.1.9 from the Cisco support website at the following URL:
http://www.cisco.com/go/mars/
Open the page and then click the Download Software for this Product link under the Support heading on the right side of the MARS product home page.

Supported Hardware

Release 6.1.9 supports the following Cisco Security MARS Appliance models:

Local Controller Appliances: 2nd Generation

Cisco Security MARS 25R (CS-MARS-25R-K9)

Cisco Security MARS 25 (CS-MARS-25-K9)

Cisco Security MARS 55 (CS-MARS-55-K9)

Cisco Security MARS 110R (CS-MARS-110R-K9)

Cisco Security MARS 110 (CS-MARS-110-K9)

Cisco Security MARS 210 (CS-MARS-210-K9)

Global Controller Appliances: 2nd Generation

Cisco Security MARS GC2R (CS-MARS-GC2R-K9)

Cisco Security MARS GC2 (CS-MARS-GC2-K9)

New Features

This release contains no new features. It is a release dedicated to signature updates.

Changes and Enhancements

All changes made in this release are related to the signatures.

New Vendor Signatures

The following table describes the most recent signatures supported for each product or technology:

Revised in 6.1.9 ?
Product
Signature Version Supported
Intrusion Prevention and Detection Signatures

Yes

Cisco IDS 4.0
Cisco IPS 5.x
Cisco IPS 6.x
Cisco IPS 7.x

Current through S735 signature release.

Current as of August 15, 2013.

No

Cisco ASA

Current as of April, 2011.

No

Cisco IOS 12.2/12.3/12.4

Current as of November 3, 2011.

Yes

Snort 2.9

Current as of July 18, 2013
Latest signature mapped: 26980

Yes

ISS RealSecure Network Sensor 6.5 and 7.0, and
ISS RealSecure Server Sensor 6.5 and 7.0

XPU 33.080
Release date: August 13, 2013

No

McAfee Intruvert

v4.1.83.12
Release date: March 23, 2011

No

McAfee Entercept HIDS 6.x

Current through the July 26, 2011 signature release.

No

CheckPoint Application Intelligence
(VPN-1 NG with Application Intelligence R65)

Current through the August 23, 2011 signature release.

Yes

Juniper IPS

Signature version: 5.1
Release date: August 14, 2013

Yes

Netscreen IDP 3.x

Signature version: 5.1
Release date: August 14, 2013

Yes

Enterasys Dragon 7.2/7.3

Current through the August 13, 2013 signature release.

Vulnerability Scanner Signatures

Yes

Qualys Guard ANY, Software Version v7.1.12-1

Current through the August 16, 2013 signature release.

Yes

E-Eye, Retina Scanner Vulnerability Software, version v5.19.2 2680

Current through the August 16, 2013 signature release.

No

Foundstone, version ANY

Current through the March 2, 2011signature release.

Yes

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Database

Current with the August 19, 2013 definition update.

Miscellaneous Support

No

Oracle 11g

Support for new AUDIT_ACTIONS.


Upgrade Instructions

The MARS upgrade packages are the primary vehicle for major, minor, and patch software releases. In addition to addressing high-priority caveats, upgrade packages update system inspection rules, event types, and provide the most recent signature support.

For detailed instructions on planning and performing an upgrade or installation, refer to "Checklist for Upgrading the Appliance Software" in the Cisco Security MARS Initial Configuration and Upgrade Guide.

Important Upgrade Notes

To ensure that the upgrade from earlier releases is trouble free, this section contains the notes provided in previous releases according the release number. Please refer to the notes that pertain to the release you are upgrading from and any releases following that one.

General Notes

The following general notes apply to this release:

If you are upgrading from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008, ensure that any ancillary devices and software you employ are supported. For more information see Supported and Interoperable Devices and Software for Cisco Security MARS Local Controller 6.x.

When downloading software packages from CCO to MARS, ensure that your credentials (username or password) do not include the ampersand (&) character. The credential will be truncated before being passed to the authentication module, which results in an error message about invalid user credentials.

The MARS Appliance performs a file system consistency check (fsck) on all disks when either of the following conditions is met:

The system has not been rebooted during the past 180 days.

The system has been rebooted 30 times.

The fsck operation takes a long time to complete, which can result in significant unplanned downtime when rebooting the system after meeting a condition above. For example, a MARS 50 appliance can take up to 90 minutes to perform the operation.

Upgrade to 6.1.1 through 6.1.9

No important notes exist for the 6.1.1 through 6.1.9 upgrades.

Upgrade to 6.0.2 through 6.0.8

No important notes exist for the 6.0.2 through 6.0.8 upgrades.

Upgrade to 6.0.1

The upgrade process to 6.0.1 differs based on the release you are upgrading from. If you are upgrading a 5.x release, you can upgrade to 6.0.1 if you are running 5.3.6. The upgrade from 5.3.6 to 6.0.1 takes several hours, as it also upgrades the Oracle database running on the appliance. If you are running an earlier 5.x release, you must first upgrade to 5.3.6.

However, if you are upgrading a 4.x release, you must migrate the system instead of upgrading. To migrate from a 4.x, you must follow the step-by-step instructions specified in the Migrating Data from Cisco Security MARS 4.x to 6.0.1.


Note When upgrading a "restricted" model of MARS appliance (20R, 100e, or GCm) to MARS Software release 6.0.1, all limits enforced by the restricted model are ignored. The "restricted" models perform as unrestricted models (20, 100, or GC) once upgraded to release 6.0.1.


Upgrade Path Matrix

When upgrading from one software release to another, a prerequisite release is always required. This prerequisite release is the minimum level required to be running on the appliance before you can upgrade to the most recent release. Table 1 identifies the upgrade path that you must follow to reach the minimum level required to upgrade to current release.

Table 1 Upgrade Path Matrix 

From Release
Upgrade To
Upgrade Package

4.3.6

6.0.1

Migration required. See Migrating Data from Cisco Security MARS 4.x to 6.0.1

5.3.6

6.0.1

csmars-6.0.1.3066.pkg

6.0.1 (3066) or 6.0.1 (3070)

6.0.2

csmars-6.0.2.3102.zip

6.0.2

6.0.3

csmars-6.0.3.3186.zip

6.0.3

6.0.4

csmars-6.0.4.3229.zip

6.0.4

6.0.5 no FIPS support

csmars-6.0.5.3358.iso/zip

6.0.5 with FIPS support

csmars-6.0.5.3361-FIPS.iso/zip

6.0.5

6.0.6

csmars-6.0.6.3367.zip

6.0.6

6.0.7

csmars-6.0.7.3403.zip

6.0.7

6.0.8

csmars-6.0.8.3427.zip

6.0.8

6.1.1

csmars-6.1.1.3445.zip

6.1.1

6.1.2 no FIPS support

csmars-6.1.2.3466.zip

6.1.2 with FIPS support

csmars-6.1.2.3466.iso

6.1.2

6.1.3

csmars-6.1.3.3501.zip

6.1.3

6.1.4

csmars-6.1.4.3506.zip

6.1.4

6.1.5

csmars-6.1.5.3508.zip

6.1.5

6.1.6

csmars-6.1.6.3511.zip

6.1.6

6.1.7

csmars-6.1.7.3515.zip

6.1.7

6.1.8

csmars-6.1.8.3517.zip

6.1.8

6.1.9

csmars-6.1.9.3520.zip


Downloading the Upgrade Package from CCO

Upgrade images and supporting software are found on the CCO software download pages dedicated to MARS. You can access these pages at the following URLs, assuming you have a valid CCO account and that you have registered your SMARTnet contract number for your MARS Appliance

Top-level page:

http://www.cisco.com/go/mars/

And then click the Download Software for this Product link under the Support heading on the right side of the MARS product home page.

Result: The Download Software page loads.

From the Download Software page, select one of the following options:

CS-MARS IPS Signature Updates Archives

CS-MARS IPS Signature Updates

CS-MARS Patches and Utilities (supplementary files)

CS-MARS Recovery Software

CS-MARS Upgrade Packages


Note If you are upgrading from a release earlier than those posted on CCO, please contact Cisco support for information on obtaining the required images. Do not attempt to skip releases along the upgrade path.


For information on obtaining a CCO account, see the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/web/siteassets/account/index.html

Documentation Errata

The Cisco Security MARS 6.x Documentation Guide and Warranty details user documentation for this release.

Important Notes

No important notes exist for the 6.1.9 upgrade.

Caveats

This section describes the open and resolved caveats with respect to this release.

For your convenience in locating caveats in Cisco's Bug Toolkit, the caveat titles listed in this section are drawn directly from the Bug Toolkit database. These caveat titles are not intended to be read as complete sentences because the title field length is limited. In the caveat titles, some truncation of wording or punctuation may be necessary to provide the most complete and concise description. The only modifications made to these titles are as follows:

Commands are in boldface type.

Product names and acronyms may be standardized.

Spelling errors and typos may be corrected.


Note If you are a registered cisco.com user, view Bug Toolkit on cisco.com at the following website:
http://www.cisco.com/support/bugtools
To become a registered cisco.com user, go to the following website:
http://tools.cisco.com/RPF/register/register.do


This section contains the following topics:

Open Caveats for Supporting Devices

Open Caveats—Release 6.1.9

Resolved Caveats—Release 6.1.9

Resolved Caveats—Releases Prior to 6.1.9

Open Caveats for Supporting Devices


Note The caveats listed here are a minimized list of those that we want to bring to your attention.


The following caveats affect this release and are part of supported devices or compatible products:

Reference Number
Description
Firewall Services Module

CSCsl27574

FWSM Syslog message FWSM-6-302013 with wrong Real and Mapped IP


Open Caveats—Release 6.1.9

The following caveats affect this release and are part of MARS.

Reference Number
Description

CSCtw56499

MARS - GC/LC communication disruption can result in out-of-sync objects

CSCtx01503

Unknown device event type when combining custom parser with builtin

CSCty03556

MARS GUI login failure syslog message shows 0.0.0.0 as user IP address

CSCty23264

eventSharedBuffer reader for process_event_srv can get stuck

CSCtw56499

MARS - GC/LC communication disruption can result in out-of-sync objects

CSCtz17737

Reports shown by CS-MARS list incorrect (old) hostnames for IP addresses


Resolved Caveats—Release 6.1.9

No customer found or previously release noted caveats have been resolved in this release.

Resolved Caveats—Releases Prior to 6.1.9

For the list of caveats resolved in releases prior to this one, see the release note documents for the corresponding releases:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6241/prod_release_notes_list.html

Product Documentation

For the complete list of documents supporting this release, see the release-specific document road map:

Cisco Secure MARS Documentation Guide and Warranty

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6241/products_documentation_roadmaps_list.html

Lists document set that supports the MARS release and summarizes contents of each document.

For general product information, see:

http://www.cisco.com/go/mars


Note The Documentation Guide and Cisco.com link to the most recent Cisco Secure MARS publications. The release number for many documents may vary from the current release number.


Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback, security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

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