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Release Notes for Cisco Security MARS Appliance 6.1.8
Last Published: March 12, 2013
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These release notes are for use with the Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System (MARS) Release 6.1.8, running on any supported MARS Appliance model listed in Supported Hardware.
This chapter contains the following topics:
Release 6.1.8 is now available as an upgrade of 6.1.7 of your software release in support of the MARS Appliance models as identified in Supported Hardware. Registered SMARTnet users can obtain release 6.1.8 from the Cisco support website at the following URL:
Open the page and then click the Download Software link in the Support box on the right side of the MARS product home page.
Release 6.1.8 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)
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:
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.
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 6.1.7
No important notes exist for the 6.1.1 through 6.1.7 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
Migration required. See Migrating Data from Cisco Security MARS 4.x to 6.0.1
6.0.1 (3066) or 6.0.1 (3070)
6.0.5 no FIPS support
6.0.5 with FIPS support
6.1.2 no FIPS support
6.1.2 with FIPS support
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
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:
No important notes exist for the 6.1.8 upgrade.
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.
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This section contains the following topics:
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
FWSM Syslog message FWSM-6-302013 with wrong Real and Mapped IP
Resolved Caveats —Release 6.1.8
No customer found or previously release noted caveats have been resolved in this release.
Open Caveats— Release 6.1.7
The following caveats affect this release and are part of MARS.
Resolved Caveats —Release 6.1.7
Resolved Caveats —Releases Prior to 6.1.7
For the list of caveats resolved in releases prior to this one, see the release note documents for the corresponding releases:
For the complete list of documents supporting this release, see the release-specific document road map:
•Cisco Secure MARS Documentation Guide and Warranty
Lists document set that supports the MARS release and summarizes contents of each document.
•For general product information, see:
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.
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