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Release Notes for Cisco Security MARS Appliance 6.1.4

Introduction

Supported Hardware

New Features

Changes and Enhancements

New Vendor Signatures

Upgrade Instructions

Important Upgrade Notes                   

General Notes

Upgrade to 6.1.3

Upgrade to 6.1.2

Upgrade to 6.1.1

Upgrade to 6.0.8

Upgrade to 6.0.7

Upgrade to 6.0.6

Upgrade to 6.0.5

Upgrade to 6.0.4

Upgrade to 6.0.3

Upgrade to 6.0.2

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 6.1.4

Resolved Caveats —Release 6.1.4

Resolved Caveats —Releases Prior to 6.1.4

Product Documentation

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines


Release Notes for Cisco Security MARS Appliance 6.1.4


Last Published: December 13, 2011


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 6.1.4, 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 6.1.4 is now available as an upgrade of 6.1.3 of your software release in support of the MARS Appliance models as identified in Supported Hardware. Registered SMARTnet users can obtain release 6.1.4 from the Cisco support website at the following URL:
http://www.cisco.com/go/mars/
Open the page and then click the Download Software link in the Support box on the right side of the MARS product home page.

Supported Hardware

Release 6.1.4 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)

Local Controller Appliances: 1st Generation

Cisco Security MARS 20R (CS-MARS-20R-K9) as a MARS 20

Cisco Security MARS 20 (CS-MARS-20-K9)

Cisco Security MARS 50 (CS-MARS-50-K9)

Cisco Security MARS 100e (CS-MARS-100E-K9) as a MARS 100

Cisco Security MARS 100 (CS-MARS-100-K9)

Cisco Security MARS 200 (CS-MARS-200-K9)

Global Controller Appliances: 2nd Generation

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

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

Global Controller Appliances: 1st Generation

Cisco Security MARS GCm (CS-MARS-GCM-K9) as a MARS GC

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

New Features

This release includes 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.


Note 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.


New Vendor Signatures

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

Revised in 6.1.4
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 S607 signature release.

Current as of November 3, 2011.

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 2.8

Current as of September 21,2011
Latest signature mapped: 20155.

Yes

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

XPU 31.100
Release date: October 11, 2011

Yes

McAfee Intruvert

v4.1.83.12
Release date: March 23, 2011

Yes

McAfee Entercept HIDS 6.x

Current through the July 26, 2011signature release.

Yes

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

Current through the August 23, 2011 signature release.

Yes

Juniper IPS

Signature version: 4.0
Release date: October 25, 2011

Yes

Netscreen IDP 3.x

Signature version: 4.0
Release date: October 25, 2011

Yes

Enterasys Dragon 7.2/7.3

Current through the November 4, 2011 signature release.

Vulnerability Scanner Signatures

Yes

Qualys Guard ANY

Current through the October 25, 2011 signature release.

Yes

E-Eye, Retina Scanner Vulnerability Software, version v5.14.1.2434

Current through the October 28, 2011 signature release.

No

Foundstone, version ANY

Current through the March 2, 2011signature release.

Yes

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Database

Current with the October 8, 2011 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 6.1.3

No important notes exist for the 6.1.3 upgrade.

Upgrade to 6.1.2

No important notes exist for the 6.1.2 upgrade.

Upgrade to 6.1.1

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.

Upgrade to 6.0.8

No important notes exist for the 6.0.8 upgrade.

Upgrade to 6.0.7

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.

Upgrade to 6.0.6

No important notes exist for the 6.0.6 upgrade.

Upgrade to 6.0.5

The 6.0.5 release is a general bug fix and signature update release for all MARS appliance models. However, it offers new functionality for an existing CS-MARS 110R when you order and install a FIPS-compliant PCI card. Once installed, you can configure FIPS-specific features within MARS. For more information, see the CS-MARS FIPS PCI CARD Quick Install document.

Upgrade to 6.0.4

No important notes exist for the 6.0.4 upgrade.

Upgrade to 6.0.3

No important notes exist for the 6.0.3 upgrade.

Upgrade to 6.0.2

No important notes exist for the 6.0.2 upgrade.

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


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 link in the Support box 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 6.1.4 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 6.1.4

Resolved Caveats —Release 6.1.4

Resolved Caveats —Releases Prior to 6.1.4

Open Caveats for Supporting Devices

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 6.1.4

The following caveats affect this release and are part of MARS. This list is not to be considered comprehensive.

Reference Number
Description

CSCtw56499

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

CSCtu14120

The /tmp directory can get filled with config files


Resolved Caveats —Release 6.1.4

The following customer found or previously release noted caveats have been resolved in this release.

Reference Number
Description

CSCsx05944

Mis-mapped IPS events in MARS for signature 6257

CSCth62310

Doc: CS-MARS - Zone Names cannot contain special characters

CSCtg90613

The pnparser crashing in syslogrelay thread

CSCti68887

MARS reporting wrong severity for SQL Injection Attacks (Sig 5930)

CSCti88336

CS-MARS: Need to keep rule id mapping in-sync after upgrade

CSCtj02101

Unable to add standalone LC zone with duplicate name that already exists

CSCtj24234

Both 'Edit' and 'Clear' buttons aren't working on view report page

CSCtj26601

The pnparser crashes on parsing access-list

CSCtn88456

JDK update in MARS 6.1.2 breaks DSF import/export pkg functionality.

CSCto56549

CSMARS: Scheduled Report Returns No Results After Working Successfully

CSCto59276

CS-MARS: IOS %FW-6-LOG_SUMMARY messages not parsed (Unknown Event Type)

CSCtd02654

Important TLS/SSL Security Update

CSCtg80984

MARS Sends empty / blank / unknown SNMP community string

CSCtg30989

MARS: pnrestore times out with large number of days archived in NFS


Resolved Caveats —Releases Prior to 6.1.4

For the list of caveats resolved in releases prior to this one, see the following documents:

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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