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Sophos Anti-Virus for UNIX 9 Recommended release notes

September 2014

About these release notes

These are the release notes for Sophos Anti-Virus for UNIX Recommended versions, managed by Sophos Enterprise Console or standalone.

Some of the features mentioned in these release notes are only available on managed computers or if you have the appropriate license.

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.

Version 9.7.1, September 2014

Components

Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) 9.7.1
Threat detection engine 3.55.0

New features

  • Sophos now receives anonymous phone-home data from the product. This is used to improve product quality and testing. For details, see Knowledge Base article 121214.
  • A new adapter has been added to RMS to improve reliability. This will restart RMS components (mrouter and magent) after a crash. If you want the adapter to restart RMS periodically, you add
    RestartIntervalHours=<Hours>
    to $INST/etc/sophosmgmtd.conf.
  • The threat detection engine has been updated.

Resolved issues

Issue ID Description
SUG95841 Added support for customers to create packages that update directly from Sophos.

We have altered the script for making installation packages (mkinstpkg.sh) so that customers can now select Sophos as the update location.

DEF85504 If you run the uninstallation script with an invalid option, the help for installation is displayed.

Running uninstall.sh with an invalid option used to result in the list of options for installation being displayed. The correct list of uninstallation options is now displayed.

SUG65114 Make it possible to ensure that Sophos Anti-Virus does not use an http proxy.

A noproxy setting can now be enforced in savconfig. For details, see the manpage for savconfig.

DEF95670 Enterprise Console displays the incorrect version number after an upgrade or downgrade.

Enterprise Console did not update version numbers after upgrade or downgrade between versions with the same threat detection engine and data (for example, Preview and Recommended version). This has now been changed so that the correct version number is shown.

DEF96222 RMS, which handles communications with the server, does not start properly.

This is fixed, as the sophosmgmtd adapter now restarts the RMS components (mrouter and magent) after an SEGV error.

WKI95940 RMS, which handles communications with the server, does not initialize and rapidly fills Messages.txt with sav-rms failure messages.

This is fixed, as the sophosmgmtd adapter now manages restarts for the RMS components (mrouter and magent).

DEF87381 The RMS component mrouter coredumps when cluster software changes the network adapter settings.

This is fixed, as the sophosmgmtd adapter restarts mrouter after an SEGV error.

WKI79953 The RMS component magent coredumps.

This is fixed, as the sophosmgmtd adapter restarts magent after an SEGV error.

SUG80323 Force RMS to send a 'heartbeat' message back to Enterprise Console periodically.

We have implemented this, as the sophosmgmtd adapter can be configured to do periodic restarts (which force messages to be sent).

DEF95777 On AIX and HP-UX Sophos Anti-Virus does not clean up old copies of libsavi after an upgrade or downgrade.

This has been fixed so that Sophos Anti-Virus cleans up correctly.

WKI90119 On AIX 7 the RMS component mrouter coredumps without error.

This is fixed, as the sophosmgmtd adapter now manages restarts for the RMS components (mrouter and magent).

WKI96776 On Solaris 10 RMS constantly restarts.

This is fixed, as the sophosmgmtd adapter now manages restarts for the RMS components (mrouter and magent).

DEF95169 On AIX the script for making installation packages will attempt to run with options that are not supported.

This has now been fixed so that mkinstpkg ignores the unsupported options -r and -rpm.

Version 9.6.1, April 2014

Components

Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) 9.6.1
Threat detection engine 3.51.0

New features

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

Resolved issues

Issue ID Description
DEF94376 disableOnBoot option does not work on Solaris 11.

Updating Sophos Anti-Virus on Solaris 11 re-enables the RMS service (which makes the installation "managed") even if you have used the disableOnBoot option to prevent this.

DEF94234 Updating directly from Sophos would fail if the main Sophos server is unavailable.

Updating directly from Sophos would fail if the main Sophos server is unavailable, when a backup server should've been used but wasn't.

DEF93898 Endpoints do not correctly report primary and secondary update locations to Enterprise Console.

Endpoint computers sometimes do not have primary or secondary update locations shown in "Computer Details" or "Update details" in Enterprise Console, even if they are compliant with your policies and up to date.

DEF93016 Web UI log viewer shows log messages without line breaks.

When an update reports a long message, a large block of text without line breaks is shown in the log, which is hard to read.

DEF92615 savscan allows regular users to send the savscan log to /opt/sophos-av/var/spool/

Users can use the -p=<log path> option to send the savscan log to /opt/sophos-av/var/spool. The email notifier then tries to parse the files and deliver them as email. This results in an error and the notifier stops processing files.

DEF92612 After an upgrade from version 6 to 7 and then to 9, world-writeable files and directories are left in a Sophos directory.
DEF91643 Installer occasionally hangs on Solaris 11 Intel.

Version 9.5.2, February 2014

Components

Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) 9.5.2
Threat detection engine 3.50.2

New features

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

Resolved issues

None.

Version 9.5.1, January 2014

Components

Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) 9.5.1
Threat detection engine 3.50.1

New features

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

Resolved issues

None.

Version 9.5.0, December 2013

Components

Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) 9.5.0
Threat detection engine 3.48.0

New features

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

Resolved issues

None.

Known issues and limitations

Issue ID Description
DEF95670 Enterprise Console displays the incorrect version number after an upgrade or downgrade between Recommended and Preview versions.

If you upgrade or downgrade between the Recommended and Preview versions of Sophos Anti-Virus, the product version number displayed in Enterprise Console is not updated. This is because these versions have the same threat detection engine and threat data (changes in the version number are reported only when the detection engine or data version changes). Enterprise Console will display the correct version number as soon as Sophos Anti-Virus receives an automatic update that includes new threat data.

-- Per-process memory limits on UNIX systems can restrict Sophos Anti-Virus from functioning correctly.

On IBM AIX systems, Sophos Anti-Virus requires more memory than the default "Maximum Data Segment" size limit. For information on how to increase this limit, see www.sophos.com/en-us/support/knowledgebase/118805.aspx.

DEF74349 Enterprise Console does not show that a file has been quarantined.

On a Sophos Anti-Virus installation that is managed by Sophos Enterprise Console, if an on-demand scan quarantines a file, savlog shows that the file has been quarantined, but in Enterprise Console, "action taken" is blank.

WKI42035

If you install a managed installation of Sophos Anti-Virus on an AIX or HP-UX workstation, and in Sophos Enterprise Console you move the workstation from the "Unassigned" group to another group, the "Anti-virus and HIPS policy" column in the computer list might display "Differs from policy". To work around this, in Enterprise Console, right-click the workstation, point to "Comply with", and then click "Group anti-virus and HIPS Policy".

DEF38027

During installation or upgrade, if you make typographical errors when prompted for information, and correct these, control characters might be stored as part of your input. This could cause a problem, especially with updating. For more information, go to www.sophos.com/en-us/support/knowledgebase/58693.aspx.

DEF29605

On a computer running Solaris version 10 with a Japanese locale, if you try to install Sophos Anti-Virus from a central installation directory and you enter an installation location using Japanese text, the installation fails with the message "svccfg: Syntax error".

DEF23317

If you install Sophos Anti-Virus on a computer that has Sophos Anti-Virus and a third-party product that uses SAV Interface installed, you might have to configure Sophos Anti-Virus to use the correct location for the Sophos Anti-Virus libraries and threat data. For information, go to www.sophos.com/en-us/support/knowledgebase/50230.aspx..

-- Sophos Anti-Virus on AIX and SAV Interface on AIX.

On AIX, it is possible for the memory allocation functions to return memory addresses that don't exist, usually when the computer is running low on memory. If these memory addresses are subsequently accessed, the computer may terminate the application.</p><p>Sophos recommends setting the PSALLOC environment variable to the value "early", before running Sophos Anti-Virus on AIX or SAV Interface applications on AIX, i.e.

PSALLOC=early

Setting PSALLOC to "early" causes the memory allocation functions to only allocate memory that exists. This may cause your computer to run slower, because further checks are carried out on memory as it is allocated.

Additional information

  • Installation in non-ASCII encoded locations

    You can't install Sophos Anti-Virus in a location that is specified by a non-ASCII path.

  • Japanese language support

    Sophos Anti-Virus can be installed on computers that are using ja_JP.eucJP and ja_JP.UTF8. Installation on computers with ja_JP.sjis locale (Japanese with Shift-JIS encoding) is not supported.

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