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Yesterday, the BSI released the metadata update for the 12th supplemental set of the IT-Baseline Catalogs (German only). As of now, this update is available for verinice users.

For users of the free version of verinice the catalog can be found on our download server:

After downloading, the file has to be selected in the settings of verinice:

Menu -> Einstellungen -> BSI IT-Grundschutz -> ZIP-Datei mit GS-Katalogen

Please note: Unlike before, the version that is available on the BSI website for download cannnot be used in verinice directly. Please use the above mentioned file only.

For users of verinice.PRO a new RPM package is ready in the repository. It can be installed using the normal update command. After updating the RPM package verinice.PRO the configuration of the server has to be changed in order for the new file to be processed. In the file:


change the property




Please note the list of changes of the 12th supplemental set compared to the previous version. In particular, changes in individual actions, that have to be considered as part of your basic security check. Changes such as discontinued measures are represented by verinice after the import. Changes in the content of individual measures must be reviewed by the security officer and possibly be re-evaluated.

When transferring the existing results to revised modules the verinice consolidation feature can be of help.

The complete description of all changes can be found in the PDF document provided by the BSI, see chapter "New": IT-Grundschutz-Kataloge-12-EL.pdf

Here is a short list of the main new features:

  • Module 3.403 answering machineremoved
  • Module 5.10 Internet Information Server removed
  • Module 5.11 Apache Webserver removed
  • Module 3.401 PBX revised
  • Module 5.3 Groupware revised (former title : "E -mail" )
  • Module 5.4 Webserver revised
  • Module 4.8 Bluetooth added
  • Module 3.305 Terminal Server added
  • Module 3.304 virtualization added
  • Module 5.18 DNS server added
  • Module 5.19 Internet use added

Note for verinice.PRO installations: In order to include the new Grundschutzkatalog immediately, the cache of the application server needs to be emptied. Proceed as followed.

1. Stop the Tomcat-Server.

2. Delete all files in the folder /var/cache/tomcat/temp/ .

3. Deploy the changes in the file "". It is located in the directory /usr/share/tomcat6/webapps/veriniceserver/WEB-INF/ and contains the properties and preferences of the Baseline Catalogs to be used.

4. Restart the Tomcat-Server.

The new version 1.5.3 of verinice is available in our download area.

New in this Release

  • The export of large IT organizations and associations runs faster.
  • The web front-end is converted to new surface elements, making it compatible with more versions of browsers. (verinice.PRO)
  • If you select the import option "Integrate", links will also be imported. (Bugfix)
  • The generalCSV importis working properly again. (Bugfix)
  • Beta: A new view shows all of the ISO 27000 objects which can be edited. (verinice.PRO)

The VDesigner 1.5.2 is available for all users of verinice.PRO. As a standalone software package, it provides advanced users with the ability to customize the verinice report templates and enables them to create own report templates.

The VDesigner allows:

  • to change logos, page headers, fonts and layout related aspects in reports
  • to filter table content according to various criteria, to sort, and to aggregate results
  • to work on existing or own charts with the integrated wizard
  • to add your own object properties (customizing) in existing tables
  • complex issues (nested tables, own queries)

The VDesigner is based on the open source BIRT framework. Users who already have experience using the BIRT report designer will find their way in VDesigner quickly.

The Designer is downloadable from the repository in the verinice.PRO VDesigner folder. There you can also find a quick guide with some examples as well as the templates of the reports contained in verinice.

We just publish the newest version of verinice 1.4.0 in our download area:


New in verinice 1.4.0:


  • Improved quickness of the application at different steads, e.g.
    for copy and paste, import and save of elements.
  • verinice-1.4.0 is now available as an beta version for Mac OS X.
  • New output format for reports: OpenDocument-Text and OpenDocument-Spreadsheet supported by OpenOffice and LibreOffice
  • A range of new and improved reports
  • External Links for ISO 27001 elements

Codename: Ericeira - Download

New in this Release

  • New output formats for reports: Word and Excel
  • File attachments can now be exported and imported
  • verinice.PRO email addresses can be imported from Active Directory
  • verinice.PRO:simultaneous access by many users no longer leads to failed logins (bugfix)
  • verinice.PRO: access by unpriviledged users under Oracle is now possible (bugfix)

The new version 1.2.3 of verinice ist now available in the download area.

The added features and improvements are:

  • Possibility of user account import out of the Active Directory
  • Usage of user account management in every perspective 
  • Results of the "Information Security Assessments" can be shown in the tree structure 
  • Bug-fixes

You will find SerNet with verinice.PRO at the Cebit in exhibition hall 2 at stand F39.

Get in touch with the newest features of verinice.PRO and the possibilities SerNet offers you at the wide field of information security.

And if you not have a ticket yet, you can get one for free. Just send an e-mail to!

A new version of verinice is available in the download area.

It includes:

  • new reports
  • improved access rights management (verinice.PRO only)
  • multiple Scopes can be exported at the same time

Download the latest version 1.2.0 of verinice. This new version allows you to  implement and audit an ISMS based on ISO 27001 and other standards, conduct information security assessments based on an easy to use questionaire (VDA ISA standard), perform risk asessments based on ISO 27005, conduct audits, document compliance with any given standard, manage your documents and records and much more.

Furthermore, verinice is now available in English (Hello World!). Get the latest version of verinice for free in the download area now.

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