This afternoon, I install the latest McAfee VirusScan 8.7i with Patch 4 on a user's system. The users system is running Windows 7 64 bit. As soon as McAfee was insatlled, I got a report that his email program Thunderbird version 3.1 was no longer wokring and not able to send emails. Checking the Access protection log, I can see the following error:
1/12/2011 2:56:42 PM Blocked by port blocking rule C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe Anti-virus Standard Protection:Prevent mass mailing worms from sending mail 22.214.171.124:587
These systems are managed by our EPO server and do have an exclusion to allow thunderbird.exe and even thunder*.exe. Not too sure why it is being blocked unless it is the 16 character issue related to Patch 4. Is it possible that McAfee is not seeing the (x86) path due to it being a 64 bit system.
Has anyone seen this a know of a quick fix. I already have a support call related to another program being blocked by access protection and am awaiting the hotfix for that.
It appears that this issue only occurs on Windows 7. It does not happen on XP systems. McAfee gave me a hot fix613356 to fix another issue. This was with an exclusion that was over 16 characters. Just installed the hotfix on my Windows 7 laptop. This failed with Thunderbird like my end-users computer. This hotfix has fixed the thunderbird issue. The strange thing is thunderbird.exe is only 15 characters long. The hotfix is for issues with exclusions that are 16 characters and more.
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About this HotFix
For a list of supported environments for VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i on Microsoft Windows, see McAfee Support KnowledgeBase article KB51111.
Patch Release: 12-10-2010
This release was developed for use with:
McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i Patch 4
McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise 8.7i
Resolved issues in this release of the software are described below:
Issue: When a Windows Server Backup is scheduled on a removable storage device and the backup storage device was unexpectedly disconnected the Plug-and-play event would be delayed waiting on file scans to the disconnected backup device, resulting in the system no longer adding and removing plug-and-play devices. (Reference: 588306)
Resolution: File scans being performed on backup devices, that get unexpectedly disconnected, no longer prevent Plug-and-play events from occurring.
Issue: Kernel mode drivers should refrain from using more than 1kb of stack space when processing I/O. However when another filter is installed and attempts to filter McAfee's driver load attempt, both filters can then use large amounts of stack space resulting in a stack overflow and a double fault exception (BSOD). (Reference: 613356)
Resolution: Updates to the drivers have implemented a change to move stack usage to the heap in these instances.
Issue: On-Access Scanner attempts to mark the file as writable while accessing a file marked read-only, but fails to account for the case of 'read only' being the only attribute set on a file, attempting to set an attribute mask of 0 (i.e. - 'do not change attributes' when set). (Reference: 624132)
Resolution: The On-Access Scanner now correctly detects 'read-only' as the only attribute set on a file and sets the 'attribute normal' instead, which has the effect of actually removing the read-only attribute.
Issue: Process names over 16 characters listed in the exclusion or inclusion fields of an Access Protection rule are not being recognized in Windows Vista or later. (Reference: 626033)
Resolution: Access Protection rules now can handle process names greater than 16 characters in length.
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