Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X release notes

Version numbers

Sophos Anti-Virus 9.0.10
Sophos Anti-Virus 9.1.4 Preview release

Note: as of April, Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5, and SAV OS X version 8.0 is no longer supported.

New in 9.0.10

  • Stability and performance improvements.

  • The threat detection engine and threat data have been updated.

  • One issue has been resolved:

    • (96079) SAV OS X is now fully compatible with case-sensitive file systems.

New in 9.1.4 preview release

  • Several issues have been resolved:

    • (95493) Improved compatibility with Apple Parental Controls in OS X 10.6.

    • (96337) Addressed an issue that could cause kernel panics in OS X 10.9 under certain circumstances. A reboot is required to activate this fix.

  • Additional features are available for endpoints managed by the Sophos Enterprise Console:

    • Device control. Device control detects and blocks certain controlled devices that are unsuitable for an office environment. More information about the storage types and policy options supported by device control can be found in the SAV OS X device control knowledgebase article. Note: if device control policy is changed, certain attached devices may be ejected, as detailed in this knowledge base article.

    • Tamper protection. Tamper protection helps prevent unauthorized users and known malware from uninstalling disabling Sophos security software. When enabled, certain changes will require the tamper protection password rather than the local administrator password. Note that if your organization has a group policy that already enables tamper protection, tamper protection will immediately become effective on any computers on which you install the 9.1.4 Preview release.

Known problems

  • The SAV OS X installer will download a full version of SAV OS X when it performs its first auto-update.
  • Downgrading from 9.0.2 to a previous version will remove the stored AutoUpdate credentials.

    • To restore the AutoUpdate credentials for managed installations: your Sophos Enterprise Console administrator must force Updating policy compliance after a downgrade.
    • To restore the AutoUpdate credentials for standalone installations: re-enter your updating credentials in Preferences.
  • (89762) The Scan now with Sophos Anti-Virus item in the Finder contextual menu may sometimes not be displayed correctly.
  • (71917) An issue with Mac OS X version 10.7 can cause SAV OS X updates made through a Windows 2003 Server Apple File Protocol (AFP) share to fail.
  • (63005) On Macs that are managed by Sophos Enterprise Console or Sophos Control Center, that are running Mac OS X version 10.6, with the Mac OS X firewall turned on, and “Automatically allow signed software to receive incoming connections” selected, the firewall might display dialogs that ask if you want to deny or allow incoming connections for SophosMessageRouter and SophosManagementAgent. You should click Allow.
  • If the immediate scanner moves or copies an infected file to a quarantine folder, the action is intercepted by the on-access scanner. This is because Spotlight indexes the quarantine folder when a file is quarantined there. To work around this, in the Spotlight preferences, put the quarantine folder into the list of excluded folders.
  • If you make any of the following configuration changes in the Sophos Anti-Virus updating preferences pages, they do not trigger a differs from policy alert in Sophos Enterprise Console:
    • Disable updating from a secondary location.
    • Set the primary or secondary proxy to either Use System Proxy Settings or Do Not Use Proxy.

Additional information

  • When downgrading from 9.0.3 to a previous version, a reboot is required.
  • Authentication caching in OS X may prevent you from unlocking the preferences panel immediately after an upgrade. To unlock the preferences panel, log out, then log in to your Mac again.
  • After you install Sophos Anti-Virus, the Scan with Sophos Anti-Virus command is not immediately contained in a Finder shortcut menu. It appears when you log in to your Mac again.
  • After you uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus, the Scan with Sophos Anti-Virus command is still present in a Finder shortcut menu. It disappears when you log in to your Mac again.
  • In Sophos Enterprise Console and Sophos Control Center, you can set up email alerting for Virus alerts, Scanning errors or Other errors. Mac OS X computers do not support the Scanning errors option and therefore do not send these alerts.

Information from previous releases

9.0.9 March 2014

  • Stability and performance improvements.

  • The threat detection engine and threat data have been updated.

9.0.8 February 2014

  • Stability and performance improvements.

  • The threat detection engine and threat data have been updated.

  • One issue has been resolved:

    • (94050) The bootstrapper can now be scripted or run from the command line.

9.0.7 January 2014

  • Stability and performance improvements.

  • The threat detection engine and threat data have been updated.

Technical support

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