F-Secure PSB Workstation Security for MAC - some technical questions/remarks

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F-Secure PSB Workstation Security for MAC - some technical questions/remarks

Hi all

 

Some technical questions/remarks on PSB Workstation Security for MAC (after test-driving it for one week on a clean 10.6.8 install):

 

  • Problems with bound Mac's and using network home directories: I see lots of messages like these, several thousand of them. Is this a known issue? (and no, this is not an Office 2011 issue, I see many messages from other documents, too)

30.06.11 00.19.06             com.f-secure.fsavd[61]               Thu 2011/06/30 00:19:06:

getxattr("/Network/Servers/macserver/Shared

Items/Homes/dummy/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2011 AutoRecovery/AutoRecovery save of 20110703 Doc...

.docx") failed with error: 22

30.06.11 00.19.06             com.f-secure.fsavd[61]               Thu 2011/06/30 00:19:06:

Bypassing /Network/Servers/macserver/Shared

Items/Homes/dummy/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2011 AutoRecovery/AutoRecovery save of 20110703 Doc... .docx because is_quarantined failed.

 

  • is there any way to add an exclusion list (like folder-based)? if not - it should be ... we use Wine-based apps quite often and some of them simply crash after installing PSB for Mac
  • there should be the possibility to permanently turn off the firewall, as far as I can see F-Secure turns the firewall on every time the computer starts (or even more often). With some "Locations", having the firewall turned on disrupts the service...

Best

Maurice Wörnhard

Cartagena as, F-Secure Silver Partner

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Re: F-Secure PSB Workstation Security for MAC - some technical questions/remarks

Hi,

 

I have received the following reply from the Mac&Linux development team. Hope this helps.

 

1) Error message tells that product failed to read the quarantine attribute from the file and didn't scan it. So while annoying, no realharm done (except if they have malware in them...).

 

2) There is no file or folder-based exclusion functionality in the current version of the product. This feature will be considered when planning and implementing the next release. 

 

3) The user can turn the firewall off and make the product ignore it's stateby turning it off from the product's Status-page (see the attached screenshot)

 

Screen shot 2011-07-01 at 13.08.07.png

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Re: F-Secure PSB Workstation Security for MAC - some technical questions/remarks

Hi,

 

I have received the following reply from the Mac&Linux development team. Hope this helps.

 

1) Error message tells that product failed to read the quarantine attribute from the file and didn't scan it. So while annoying, no realharm done (except if they have malware in them...).

 

2) There is no file or folder-based exclusion functionality in the current version of the product. This feature will be considered when planning and implementing the next release. 

 

3) The user can turn the firewall off and make the product ignore it's stateby turning it off from the product's Status-page (see the attached screenshot)

 

Screen shot 2011-07-01 at 13.08.07.png

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Re: F-Secure PSB Workstation Security for MAC - some technical questions/remarks

Hello Dimtry. Thanks for your answers. Looks like the Mac version is technically not very "mature", but hey it's a start.

 

The main problem with the tons of log messages is that Console.app basically becomes useless since it's not possible to exclude patterns thru the GUI. So IMHO F-Secure show fix the log behavior - either write to a different log file or give the sysadmin/user the chance to ajust the verbosity of logging.

 

In the meantime, here is a hint on how to ignore these messages: this article here gave me the general procedure for ignoring messages. So I put the following filter in at the top of my asl.conf: "? [= Sender com.f-secure.fsavd] ignore". (See comment 1 for a procedure to prevent the log to be written to /var/log/system.log - it did not work for me).

 

/Maurice

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Re: F-Secure PSB Workstation Security for MAC - some technical questions/remarks

Thanks for the informative post. This one really helped a lot.