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Important information about the 6010 Anti-Malware Scan Engine update for Endpoint Security
Technical Articles ID:   KB91437
Last Modified:  6/17/2019


McAfee Endpoint Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x
McAfee Anti-Malware Scan Engine (Scan Engine) 6010 update for ENS 10.x


This article contains information about the 6010 Scan Engine release schedule for ENS 10.x endpoints, and instructions on how to evaluate V3 DAT packages that contain this engine during the beta and elective update periods.

6010 Scan Engine Improvements
The 6010 Scan Engine includes the following improvements:
  • Future platform support, including case sensitivity support for Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903)
  • File scanning performance improvements for Windows
  • Sustaining fixes for all platforms
Release Schedule
Phase Start Date End Date Common Updater site
6010 Scan Engine Beta for Endpoint Security April 9, 2019 No end date http://betaupdate.mcafee.com
6010 Scan Engine Elective Update for Endpoint Security May 15, 2019 No end date http://update.nai.com/products/commonupdater3
6010 Scan Engine Managed Throttled Update for Endpoint Security June 25, 2019 July 9, 2019 http://update.nai.com/products/commonupdater
6010 Scan Engine General Availability (GA) for Endpoint Security July 9, 2019 No end date http://update.nai.com/products/commonupdater

NOTE: This Scan Engine update is mandatory and is contained within the V3 DAT package. ENS endpoints that currently run the 6000 Scan Engine, and that were not updated during the managed throttled update, will complete updating to the 6010 Scan Engine via the V3 DAT released on July 9, 2019. The GA date is July 9, and when it is reached, the 6000 Scan Engine will no longer be present in the V3 DAT released that day.

How to Evaluate the 6010 Scan Engine
During the beta and elective update periods, V3 DATs containing only the 6010 Scan Engine are made available from the above Beta and CommonUpdater3 sites referenced for these phases. They also will persist in these locations until a subsequent engine release cycle replaces them. Keep any test nodes intended to evaluate the 6010 Scan Engine pointed at one of these repositories until July 9, 2019, to avoid rolling back to the 6000 Scan Engine during the managed throttled update period. For more information about how content throttling works, see the "Frequently Asked Questions" section below.

Follow the instructions below to configure ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) to download and test V3 DATs that contain the 6010 Scan Engine. Instructions are also provided to revert clients to update with the standard V3 DAT where the release is managed:

To set up a Repository Pull task to pull the V3 DAT evaluation package into the Evaluation Branch:
  1. In ePO, select Menu, Configuration, Server Settings.
  2. Select Source Sites, and then click Edit, Add Source Site.
  3. Type a source site name, select HTTP, and click Next.
  4. In the URL field, ensure that DNS Name is selected as the default and type one of the following repositories:
    • betaupdate.mcafee.com
    • update.nai.com/products/commonupdater3
  5. Type 80 for the Port, and then click Next.
  6. Continue to click Next until the last screen, and then click Save.
  7. Click Enable Fallback, and then click Save.
  8. Select Menu, Automation, Server Tasks.
  9. Select the Update Master Repository task, and then click Edit.
  10. Click Next to navigate to the Actions tab, and then click +.
  11. In the new Actions section, select Repository Pull.
  12. Select the source site created in step 3 as the Source site, select Evaluation for Branch, and then click Save.
  13. Select the Update Master Repository task, and then click Run.
To change the McAfee Agent policy to pull client updates from the Evaluation Branch:
  1. In ePO, edit the McAfee Agent General policy assigned to the endpoints you are using for evaluation.
  2. Click the Updates tab.
  3. Select Evaluation from the AMCore Content Package drop-down list, and then click Save.
To revert the McAfee Agent policy on completion of the evaluation:
  1. In ePO, edit the McAfee Agent General policy assigned to the endpoints you were using for evaluation.
  2. Click the Updates tab.
  3. Select Current from the AMCore Content Package drop-down list, and then click Save.
  4. If no longer required, you can delete the source site set up for evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do I need to change anything to update the Scan Engine?
    No. For ENS customers, the Scan Engine update occurs automatically with no option to opt out. No additional action is needed to update the Scan Engine. The instructions provided in this article apply to customers interested in evaluating the Scan Engine before or during the managed throttled update running from June 25, 2019 to July 9, 2019.
  • What is a managed throttled update?
    A managed throttled update uses randomization to control the number of client nodes that receive an upgraded component, in this case the 6010 Scan Engine, via content updates. During a throttle period, the number of client nodes that receive the new component version increases daily according to a velocity set by McAfee. After the throttle period, every client node that supports the new component will receive the updated version by default during their next update. There is no action needed on the client node that receives the update.
  • How does the managed throttled update work?
    The throttle period is divided into three phases with a different rate of deployment:
    • The first week, only a few machines receive the upgrade each day (about 0.5% of the unupgraded client base per day); these machines are randomly selected.
    • In the second week, more machines receive the upgrade each day (about 1% of the unupgraded client base per day); these machines are also randomly selected.
    • In the third week, the rate of deployment is increased so that most of the upgrades are complete across all machines (about 10% of the unupgraded client base per day).
    • Finally, when the throttle is disabled after release on July 9, 2019, on the following day's V3 content (July 10, 2019), all remaining unupgraded clients that support the new component will receive the upgrade.
NOTE: During the throttle period, if a new machine has a fresh product installation (that is, not from an upgrade), it always takes the new engine version, never the old one.
  • How do you roll back to the 6000 Scan Engine?
    The concept of engine updates has changed with AMCore technology; they are no longer separate packages from content. When AMCore content requires an update to any one of its engines used during scanning, the engine update is included in the V3 content update releases.
    McAfee will decide to roll back any component included in the V3 content if such a response is required. The rollback would take effect in a subsequent V3 content release.
  • Does this release schedule apply to VirusScan Enterprise?
    No. This schedule applies only to ENS endpoints.
  • Do the ENS 10.x updates include the 6010 Scan Engine update?
    Yes. Customers currently using ENS 10.x who update to the next ENS 10.x version, including all updates, will receive an update to the 6010 Scan Engine. No additional action is required to update the Scan Engine.

Feedback and Questions
For any feedback or questions about the 6010 Scan Engine, contact Technical Support.

To contact Technical Support, log on to the ServicePortal and go to the Create a Service Request page at https://support.mcafee.com/ServicePortal/faces/serviceRequests/createSR:
  • If you are a registered user, type your User Id and Password, and then click Log In.
  • If you are not a registered user, click Register and complete the required fields. Your password and logon instructions will be emailed to you.

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