McAfee Web Gateway 7.1.6 has been released


McAfee Web Gateway 7.1.6 is available for download and update



  • Do you need to identify and control Web 2.0 applications?
  • Do you need to manage policy content at an external source?
  • Do you need to automate policy content changes using another system outside MWG?
  • Do you need a the power of 16 2HU appliances in just 10HU?



McAfee Web Gateway has great success by satisfying our customer needs due to its unmatched feature set, including GTI enabled Gateway Antimalware, GTI enabled URL Filtering, SSL Scanning, and flexible deployment options.


With the release of McAfee Web Gateway 7.1.6. we are going a step further an provide the ability to identify Web 2.0 applications and their sub functions as easy as doing URL Filtering. Web Gateway uses the AppPrism database as a comprehensive list of over 700 Web 2.0 applications and sub functions grouped into 28 categories.


In this release Web Gateway introduces External Lists, which provide McAfee Web Gateway with the capability to consume policy list data hosted on servers outside of McAfee Web Gateway and to  dynamically query these resources at runtime while processing the policy for a transaction. External Lists allow customers to use web services, locally stored files and LDAP servers as resources for policy data.


As a powerful feature behind the scenes, McAfee Web Gateway is now equipped with a REST interface, which provides a XML based API to connect other systems to Web Gateway. These APIs allow control of Web Gateway functionality, such as list creation, list deletion, list modification, log file access, log file operations, system control, etc. By utilizing this API, a customer can control Web Gateway from within other systems, such as policy automation tools, help desk system, etc. and can create additional functionality around Web Gateway if needed.


As new hardware platform, McAfee Web Gateway 7.1.6 now supports the Content Security Blade Server as hardware platform and allows installation of the MWG image through the built-in ILO interface .


This new release offers:


  • Application Control based on the AppPrism database, with over 700 unique applications and functions, grouped into 28 categories including dashboard representation of Application statistics. With Application Control, administrators can elect to deny specific applications, such as uploading photos to Facebook, communicating via instant messaging on Yahoo! or updating a personal profile on LinkedIn, while still allowing access to the primary websites for business purposes. 
  • External Lists to connect to and retrieve policy list content from outside of Web Gateway during runtime.
  • REST interface as XML based API to tie Web Gateway into external management systems such as policy automation tools, help desk systems, etc. and to create additional functionality around Web Gateway if needed.
  • ICAPS to secure ICAP connections with SSL encryption.
  • Avira as native integration into Web Gateway with optimized data flow between McAfee Gateway Antimalware and the Avira 3rd party engine. Previously Avira was part of the GWAM SDK, whereas now this is integrated as 3rd party engine directly into Web Gateway. The implementation is now corresponding to the one in MWG 6.9.
  • Several usability enhancements:
  • 'User Preferences' to set options for the current admin user and to change the password
  • 'Discard Changes' to discard all changes since the last save of the policy
  • 'Reset Dashboard' to clean all dashboards
  • XMPP Proxy to intercept and monitor chat communication for XMPP enabled applications, such as Facebook Chat or Google Talk.
  • Web Gateway NTP service to ease the setup of new appliances in clusters by making sure that all new installations using this version and later are set up with the correct time to avoid central management and logging issues.
  • Hardware support for the M3, M7 chassis and G6, G6.5 blades.
  • Proxy Tunnel Event to enable non RFC compliant but business critical sites to send data through Web Gateway.
  • Administrator authentication with client certificates
  • McAfee Client Proxy authentication support user identification while MCP redirects traffic to Web Gateway.*

*McAfee Client Proxy MCP is a technology that is currently in Beta and is to be released early next year.



Thanks to all who participated in the release and made this possible.


Best regards,

The McAfee Web Gateway product team