4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 3, 2012 11:29 AM by brentil

    Mac version name & # insanity

    brentil

      Why oh why are the version names and numbers so insane for the McAfee products for Mac?

       

      I log in with my Grant # and and download "McAfee VirusScan for Mac v9.1" which you then check into ePO and it shows up as "McAfee Security for Mac - AV 1.1" then you click on a managed machine running it and it is listed as "Anti-malware for Mac" which if you then click on them it is listed as VIREX.

       

      Why?  Why this crazy version naming insanity?  This is absolutely confusing to keep track of.  Why should 1 product show as 4 different names in ePO?

      • McAfee VirusScan for Mac v9.1
      • McAfee Security for Mac - AV 1.1
      • Anti-malware for Mac 9.1.0.xxxx
      • VIREX

       

      Let alone the naming insanity you then get into the version number insanity.

       

      You download McAfee VirusScan for Mac v9.1 from the Grants area but then open the zip file and you find "McAfee Security for Mac-Anti-malware-1.1-RTW-ePO-1309" which you then check into ePO and get a version string of 1.1.1309.  However then you deploy and then end up with something like 9.1.0.4473 as your reported version number.  You then go download "VirusScan for Mac 9.1 Patch 1" with a version string of 9.1.0.1418 in the ReadMe for it but when you check it in you get 1.1.1418.  However when it then deploys it reports back as version 9.1.0.4624 instead.

       

      I literally have a diagram written out on my whiteboard that maps out all of this information because there is nothing on Google, these forums, the documentation, or KB system that map out these version names and numbers.

        • 1. Re: Mac version name & # insanity
          Sudeep Garg

          Hello,

           

          Your feedback has been sent up to the Product Management so the naming conventions can be corrected.

          We have 2 lines of Security products on Mac.

          McAfee Security for Mac - Suite of Antimalware+AntiSpyware+Firewall+Application Protection

          VirusScan for Mac - Antimalware

           

          McAfee Security for Mac will always be 1.x

          VirusScan for Mac will always be 9.x

           

          In the About Box, the the main build number is for the UI framework which would say 1.x (Build number)

          In the below items, you woudl see individual component version like 9.1.0.4473 for AV, 1.x.x.xxxx for Firewall and Application Protection.

           

          Based on your description, you have AV-only which wouldnt show Firewall or Application Protection versions.

          In ePO, this would report back under System Tree->Machine->Products as 9.1.0.xxxx and this xxxx woudl change with HF or Patch.

          Patch 1 build is 9.1.0.1418 and in ePO the AV component build woudl show up as 9.1.0.4624.

           

          Kind of confusing, but yes the scope of improvement is defintely there.

           

          ~S

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          • 2. Re: Mac version name & # insanity
            brentil

            In addition to this post I had also made a support ticket.  I've been informed a KB article explaining the version numbers and names is being worked on which I believe will go a long way to resolving the confusion.

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            • 3. Re: Mac version name & # insanity

              Oh don't get me started! Add to that the insanity of the agent and the patches, how about just incrementing the version number? Mac Agent 4.6 -> 4.6.1 -> 4.6.2.

              • 4. Re: Mac version name & # insanity
                brentil

                They follow the same # sequence as the Windows & Linux versions at least so they all correlate together.  It's been much nicer now too that major patch releases like P2 means 4.6.0.2918 across all systems and it states that in the ReadMe at least too.  The Mac anti-virus has just been a pool of alphabet soup comparatively to the other applications in terms of both naming conventions and version numbers.