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Important information about the 5.x.00 Anti-Malware Scan Engine
Technical Articles ID:   KB66741
Last Modified:  4/19/2017
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McAfee Anti-Malware Scan Engine 5.9.00 (5900), 5.8.00 (5800)
McAfee VirusScan Command Line Scanner 6.1.0
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 required. For an explanation of the Scan Engine and its function, see KB52425.

McAfee first releases the Scan Engine updates for elective download. This 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. This means that your products will automatically update to the new release. The old Scan Engine reaches End of Life six months after elective downloads begin.

5900 Anti-Malware Scan Engine (Current)
The 5900 Scan Engine includes the following 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 and 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 an additional 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 ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) package
  • Mac OS X ePO package
  • Windows 32-bit and 64-bit ePO package

Release schedule for the 5900 Anti-Malware Scan Engine and VirusScan Command Line Scanner 6.1.0
 
5900 Scan Engine Beta 3 January 17, 2017
VirusScan Command Line Scanner 6.1.0 Beta 3 January 21, 2017
Release Candidate (RC) packages of the 5900 Scan Engine and VirusScan Command Line Scanner 6.1.0 products February 15, 2017
5900 Scan Engine (Elective Download) General Availability (GA) for corporate products (except Endpoint Security) and VirusScan Command Line 6.1.0 products GA March 2, 2017
5900 Scan Engine (Elective Download) GA for Endpoint Security
IMPORTANT: See KB88809 - Important information about the 5900 Anti-Malware Scan Engine update for Endpoint Security.
March 7, 2017
5900 Scan Engine (AutoUpdate) GA for corporate products (except Endpoint Security) April 27, 2017
5900 Scan Engine (Throttled AutoUpdate) GA for Endpoint Security Starting on May 4, 2017 and completing on May 18, 2017

IMPORTANT: These dates are estimated and may be subject to change.

5900 Scan Engine Download
You can download the 5900 Scan Engine from the Security Updates page at http://www.mcafee.com/apps/downloads/security-updates/security-updates.aspx.

Rolling back to an earlier version
To roll back the Scan Engine for your point product to an earlier version, refer to the relevant article:
Point product Related article
Endpoint Security 10.x KB86704 1
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
To stop your point product from automatically upgrading to the latest posted Scan Engine, refer to the relevant article:
Point product Related article
Endpoint Security 10.x KB86704 1
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

1  KB86704 is the FAQs article for Endpoint Security 10.x, and addresses the question "Why does Endpoint Security update the engine version automatically?"


5800 Anti-Malware Scan Engine (previous)
The 5800 Scan Engine included the following detection and performance improvements:
  • Enhancements to Portable Document Format (PDF) format to improve exploit detection capabilities
  • Improved handling of Windows Executable format
  • Improved unpacking of .NET, Shockwave Flash, Visual Basic for Applications, and generic unpacking improvements to detect more threats
  • Enhancements to live memory scanning in Windows for detecting and removing malicious processes, threads, and files
  • Performance optimizations around initialization and scanning
New supported platforms: Windows 10, FreeBSD 10.x, and Solaris 11 for SPARC

NOTE: Windows 10 support is dependent on the product using the Scan Engine. For example, both the 5700 and 5800 Scan Engines support Windows 10 with VirusScan Enterprise 8.8, provided Patch 6 is also installed.

End of Life platforms: IBM AIX 5.3, FreeBSD 7.x, Solaris 8 on SPARC, and Linux Kernel 2.4

System requirements (disk space and memory):
  • At least 512 MB of free hard disk space
  • At least an additional 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
Release schedule for the 5800 Engine:
  • RTW (elective download): September 3, 2015
  • AutoUpdate: January 20, 2016

 Available 5800 Scan Engine packages:

  • Linux 32-bit and 64-bit ePO package
  • Mac OS X ePO package
  • Windows 32-bit and 64-bit ePO package

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