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McAfee Anti-Malware Engine 6200 and VirusScan Command Line 6.1.5 BETA

McAfee Anti-Malware Engine 6200 BETA

McAfee is pleased to announce the BETA for the McAfee Anti-Malware Engine 6200. This will be a new maintenance update to the current Engine 6100. The McAfee Anti-Malware Engine is the core component at the heart of the award-winning McAfee Endpoint and Gateway products. Using patented technology, the Engine analyzes potentially malicious code to detect and block Trojans, viruses, worms, adware, spyware, and other threats.

We encourage you to actively participate in this Beta program and provide us your valuable feedback.

New Features

  • Enhanced threat landscape coverage with added support for MSIL and AutoIT based malwares
  • Extended coverage for PDF and ISO file types
  • Added provision to author better content with decoding support for ADC and LZFSE
  • Introduced better handling capability for Linux and macOS threats
  • Multiple features for better driver handling which improves the detection effectiveness
  • Several bug fixes, security fixes and performance improvements

Release availability

The Engine 6200 will be delivered through a throttled update approach expected during January 2021 for all Enterprise ENS and consumer WSS installations that received update via V3 daily DAT updates, with no further action required.

For VSE installations, non-Windows platforms and OEM customers, the new Engine will be available from the Security Updates page and SDK as an Elective update during mid December 2020.

The auto-update push to VSE, ENSL, ENSM and other products consuming V2 and MED DATs is expected towards the end of January 2021.

The existing Engine 6100 will be supported for the first 6 months of this new release until McAfee announces its EOL, however the use of this new release is recommended.

VirusScan Command Line 6.1.5 Beta

VirusScan Command Line BETA version 6.1.5 is now available for evaluation.

This release of VirusScan Command Line includes several bug fixes as well as the new Engine 6200 BETA.

We encourage you to participate in this BETA program and provide us your valuable feedback.

Instructions for ENS customers to evaluate the 6200 Engine BETA

  1. In McAfee ePO, select Menu | Configuration | Server Settings.
  2. Select Source Sites, then click Edit | Add Source Site.
    1. Enter “AMCore Beta Content” as the Repository Name, then type HTTP, and click Next.
    2. In the Server name (URL) field, ensure that DNS Name is selected as the default and enter “betaupdate.mcafee.com”, with default port 80, and click Next.
    3. Continue clicking Next until the last screen, then click Save.
    4. Click Enable Fallback, then click Save.
  3. Select Menu | Automation | Server Tasks.
    1. Select Update Master Repository task and click Edit.
    2. Click Next to navigate to the Action tab, then click +.
    3. In the New Action section, select Repository Pull.
    4. Select the AMCore Beta Content as the Source site, Evaluation for Branch (if the current production AMCore content is being pulled into the current branch), and click Save.
  4. Select the Update Master Repository task and click Run.

To change the McAfee Agent policy to pull from the Evaluation branch:

  1. In McAfee ePO, edit the McAfee Agent General policy assigned to the endpoints you are using for beta testing.
  2. Click the Updates tab.
  3. Select Evaluation from the AMCore Content Package drop-down list, then save the policy.

New Supported Platforms

  • Windows 10 October 2020 update (20H2), all editions
  • Windows Server version 2004 (20H2)
  • MacOS 11.0 Big Sur (Intel x86-64, and ARM via emulation)

System Requirements

  • 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 minimum)
  • At least 1024 MB of RAM for updating operations

Installation Requirements

Microsoft operating systems:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows 10 (all 32-bit and x64 Editions)
  • Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 (all 32-bit and x64 Editions)

UNIX operating systems:

  • IBM AIX 6.1 , 7.1 or 7.2 for RS6000 with the latest maintenance packages installed.
  • FreeBSD 8.x, 9.x, 10.x for Intel with legacy compatibility library libc.so.3 installed
  • Hewlett-Packard HP-UX 11iv3 for PA-RISC with the latest Standard HP-UX patch bundles installed
  • Linux for Intel 32-bit distributions shipping with version 2.6, 3.x or 4.x production kernels with libstdc++.so.5.0.5 installed
  • Linux for Intel 64-bit distributions shipping with version 2.6 , 3.x or 4.x production kernels, with libstdc++.so.6 installed
  • Sun Microsystems Solaris for SPARC versions 9, 10 and 11 (32 and 64-bit) with the latest Solaris OS recommended cluster installed
  • Sun Microsystems Solaris for X86 versions version 10 and 11 (32 and 64-bit) with the latest Solaris OS recommended cluster installed
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, MacOS 10.12, MacOS 10.13, MacOS 10.14, and 10.15, the new MacOS 11.0 BigSur

Engine Downloads

Package Platform
Windows 32-bit and 64-bit ePO package Windows 32-bit and 64-bit
Linux 32-bit and 64-bit ePO package Linux 32-bit and 64-bit
Mac 32-bit and 64-bit ePO package Mac 32-bit and 64-bit
Engine 6200 Beta Readme Read-me document