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McAfee Anti-Malware Engine 5900

McAfee is pleased to announce the Release Candidate for the McAfee 5900 Anti-Malware Engine. The 5900 Engine will replace the current 5800 Anti-Malware Engine.

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 program and provide us your valuable feedback.

Release Schedule

The release schedule was changed to take an opportunity to further improve the engine performance in relation to new JavaScript versions based on work undertaken during the cycle.

The current release schedule is as follows:

  • 5900 Engine Beta 3 — January 17, 2017
  • VirusScan Command Line 6.1.0 products Beta 3 packages — January 21, 2017
  • Release Candidate (RC) packages of 5900 Engine & VirusScan Command Line 6.1.0 products — February 15, 2017
  • 5900 Engine (Elective download) GA for corporate products (except ENS) & VirusScan Command Line 6.1.0 products GA — late February 2017 *
  • 5900 Engine (Elective download) GA for ENS products — early March 2017 *
  • 5900 Engine (AutoUpdate) GA for corporate products (except ENS) — late April 2017 *
  • 5900 Engine (Throttled deployment) GA for ENS – early May 2017 *

*NOTE: Exact dates will be provided in later announcement(s).

Detection and Performance Enhancements:

  • Enhanced support of JavaScript to detect more threats.
  • Improved support for Microsoft Office (OLE) file format.
  • Improved unpacking of Dotfuscator and MPRESS packed files.
  • Enhancements to DAT content to improve predictability of content processing.


Platform Enhancements:

  • New supported platforms: Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows Server 2016
  • End of Life platforms: Hewlett-Packard HP-UX 11iv1, 11iv2

Disk space and memory:

  • At least 512 MB free hard disk space
  • At least 512 MB additional free hard disk space reserved for temporary files
  • At least 512 MB RAM for scanning operations (1024 MB recommended minimum)
  • At least 1024 MB of RAM for updating operations

Operating System requirements:

Microsoft operating systems:

  • Windows XP 32-bit SP3
  • Windows XP x64 SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 32-bit and x64 Editions SP2
  • Windows Vista 32-bit and x64 Editions (with current and previous Service Pack)
  • Windows 7 32-bit and x64 Editions (with current and previous Service Pack)
  • Windows 8.x 32-bit and x64 Editions
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2008 32-bit and x64 Editions (with current and previous Service Pack)
  • Windows Server 2012 x64 Editions (with current and previous Service Pack)
  • Windows Server 2016

UNIX Operating Systems:

  • IBM AIX 6.1 and 7.1 for RS6000 with the latest maintenance packages installed.
  • FreeBSD 8.x, 9.x and 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 or 3.x production kernels with libstdc++.so.5.0.5 or later installed
  • Linux for Intel 64-bit distributions shipping with version 2.6 or 3.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 10 and 11 (32 and 64-bit) with the latest Solaris OS recommended cluster installed

Apple MAC OS

  • OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • OS X 10.7 Lion
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite