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Important information about the 6.x.00 Anti-Malware Scan Engine
Technical Articles ID:   KB66741
Last Modified:  9/27/2018
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Environment

McAfee Anti-Malware Scan Engine 6.0.00 (6000)
McAfee VirusScan Command Line Scanner 6.1.2
Multiple McAfee products

Summary

This article contains information about releases and how to stop automatic Scan Engine updates from the current Scan Engine to the next Scan Engine version. It also provides links to articles that help you roll back from the next Scan Engine to the current Scan Engine if needed. For an explanation of the Scan Engine and its function, see KB52425.

McAfee first releases the Scan Engine updates for elective download, which allows you to download Scan Engine packages for manual installation. The Scan Engine is then put on an AutoUpdate posting following the schedule provided below, which means that your products automatically update to the new release. The old Scan Engine reaches End of Life six months after elective downloads begin.

6000 Anti-Malware Scan Engine (Current)
The 6000 Scan Engine includes the following improvements:
  • Enhanced JavaScript engine, stabilization, and performance improvements. JavaScript processing capability was added in the 5900 Scan Engine.
  • Augmented VBA Macro file handling to improve detection capabilities on malware hidden in VBA Macros.
  • Added internal APIs for file, directory, process, and registry handling to enable safer DAT content authoring.
  • Added support for 64-bit binary disassembly.
  • Enhanced ELF Handler, to improve detection capabilities on 64-bit ELF binaries.
  • Improved DAT initialization performance to tackle increasing DAT content.
  • Miscellaneous fixes of defects and customer escalations.
New supported platforms:
  • 64-bit macOS support
  • Oracle Solaris 11.2 and 11.3
  • Linux OS running Kernel versions 4.x
  • IBM AIX 7.2
End-of-life platforms:
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Vista
System requirements – disk space and memory:
  • At least 512 MB of free hard disk space
  • At least another 512 MB of free hard disk space reserved for temporary files
  • At least 512 MB of RAM for scanning operations – 1024 MB recommended
  • At least 1024 MB of RAM for updating operations
Available 6000 Scan Engine packages:
  • Linux 32-bit and 64-bit ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) package
  • macOS ePO package
  • Windows 32-bit and 64-bit ePO package
Release schedule for the 6000 Anti-Malware Scan Engine and VirusScan Command Line Scanner 6.1.2
 
6000 Scan Engine Beta 2 Mid-August 2018
VirusScan Command Line Scanner 6.1.2 Beta 2 Mid-August 2018
Release Candidate (RC) packages of the 6000 Scan Engine and VirusScan Command Line Scanner 6.1.2 products End of August 2018
6000 Scan Engine (Elective Download) General Availability (GA) for corporate products (except Endpoint Security) and VirusScan Command Line 6.1.2 products GA Early September 2018
6000 Scan Engine (Elective Download) GA for Endpoint Security
IMPORTANT: See KB88809 - Important information about the 6000 Anti-Malware Scan Engine update for Endpoint Security.
Early September 2018
6000 Scan Engine (AutoUpdate) GA for corporate products (except Endpoint Security) Early October 2018
6000 Scan Engine (Throttled AutoUpdate) GA for Endpoint Security Starting early October 2018, and completion toward the end of October 2018

IMPORTANT: These timelines are estimates and are subject to change.

6000 Scan Engine Download for VirusScan Enterprise and other Related Products that Consume V2 Virus Definition Updates:
You can download the 6000 Scan Engine from the Security Updates page at https://www.mcafee.com/enterprise/en-us/downloads/security-updates.html.

6000 Scan Engine Download for Endpoint Security and other Related Products that Consume V3 Virus Definition Updates:
You can download the 6000 Scan Engine bundled in the AMCore package from http://downloadcenter.mcafee.com/products/mcafee-avert/dats.
For important information about the 6000 Anti-Malware Scan Engine update for Endpoint Security, see KB88809.

Rolling back to an earlier version for products consuming V2 DATs
To roll back the Scan Engine for your managed product to an earlier version, see the relevant article:
 
Managed product Related article
Security for Lotus Domino 7.5 KB66692
Security for Microsoft Exchange 8.x KB74691
VirusScan Enterprise 8.x KB58626
VirusScan Enterprise for Linux KB54769

Stopping automatic updates for products consuming V2 DATs
To stop your managed product from automatically upgrading to the latest posted Scan Engine, see the relevant article:
 
Managed product Related article
ePO 5.x KB77901
Security for Lotus Domino 7.5 KB66695
Security for Microsoft Exchange 8.x KB78061
VirusScan Enterprise 8.x KB51159
VirusScan Enterprise for Linux KB54024


5900 Anti-Malware Scan Engine (previous)
The 5900 Scan Engine included the following detection and performance improvements:
  • Enhanced support of JavaScript to detect more threats
  • Improved support for the Microsoft Office (OLE) file format
  • Improved unpacking of Dotfuscator and MPRESS packed files
  • Enhancements to DAT content to improve predictability of content processing
New supported platforms:
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • Windows Server 2016
End-of-life platforms: Hewlett-Packard HP-UX 11iv, 11iv1, and 11iv2

System requirements – disk space and memory:
  • At least 512 MB of free hard disk space
  • At least another 512 MB of free hard disk space reserved for temporary files
  • At least 512 MB of RAM for scanning operations (1024 MB recommended)
  • At least 1024 MB of RAM for updating operations
Available 5900 Scan Engine packages:
  • Linux 32-bit and 64-bit ePO package
  • macOS ePO package
  • Windows 32-bit and 64-bit ePO package

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