About these release notes

These are the release notes for Sophos Anti-Virus for macOS Preview.

Note You may find that you cannot yet download and use the latest version on the list below. This is because Sophos releases the software over a number of days, but publishes the release notes on the first day.

Versions

Components

Sophos Anti-Virus

9.9.6

November 2019

9.9.5

October 2019

9.9.4

September 2019

9.8.5

August 2019

9.8.4

April 2019

9.8.2

January 2019

Version 9.9.6

This release contains performance improvements.

Resolved issues

Issue ID

Description

MACEP-4493

Resolved an intermittent issue where web pages may fail to load.

MACEP-4600

Improved memory usage when Threat Case creation is enabled.

MACEP-4602

Resolved an issue with modified permissions on the man8 directory when using disk encryption.

MACEP-4606

Improved support for macOS 10.15 Catalina when using MDM profiles.

Version 9.9.5

New Features

  • This release contains improved support for macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Version 9.9.4

New Features

  • This release contains support for macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • This release contains security and performance improvements.

Updated components

The threat detection engine version is 3.77.1. For information about the threat detection engine, see the Sophos Threat Detection Engine release notes.

Resolved Issues

Issue ID

Description

MACEP-4414

Resolved an intermittent issue on macOS 10.14 Mojave where the Captive Network Assistant page could fail to load.

Version 9.8.5

Resolved Issues

Issue ID

Description

MACEP-4314

Resolved an issue in which Sophos Anti-Virus may incorrectly report successful updates as failures.

Version 9.8.4

Updated components

The threat detection engine has been updated to 3.76.0. For information about the changes to the threat detection engine, see the Sophos Threat Detection Engine release notes.

Resolved Issues

Issue ID

Description

MACEP-3604

Resolved an issue on macOS 10.14 Mojave that prevented some customers from connecting to Wi-Fi networks that require a captive portal.

Version 9.8.2

Updated components

The threat detection engine has been updated to 3.75.0. For information about the changes to the threat detection engine, see the Sophos Threat Detection Engine release notes.

Resolved issues

Issue ID

Description

MACEP-3668

Resolved a rare kernel panic that can be caused when reading extended file attributes on APFS.

MACEP-3722

Installer now provides links to online EULA and Privacy Policy

Version 9.7.7

This release contains compatibility improvements.

Updated components

The threat detection engine has been updated to 3.74.0. For information about the changes to the threat detection engine, see the Sophos Threat Detection Engine release notes.

Resolved issues

Issue ID

Description

MACEP-3454

Resolved an issue where some systems may hang on boot with certain USB-C devices connected.

Known issues and limitations

Issue ID Description
MACEP-1054 Issues when Web Protection is used in conjunction with Apple Parental Controls on OS X El Capitan (10.11)

On OS X El Capitan (10.11), when Web Protection is active, sites that are correctly blocked by Apple Parental Controls display a blank page, rather than the expected Parental Control block page.

  The SAV OS X installer will download a full version of SAV OS X when it performs its first auto-update.
DEF89762 The Scan now with Sophos Anti-Virus item in the Finder contextual menu may sometimes not be displayed correctly.
  Issues with copying infected files to a quarantine folder.

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.

  Certain configuration changes do not trigger alerts in SEC.

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

  • Web Control with Sophos Enterprise Console is not supported.
  • 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.

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