Computer / Server Protection change log

F-Secure

Release 18.17 - availability starting 7.11.2018

A new version of the endpoint clients is made available. The release of clients makes available these products to install with an appropriate subscription key:

  •     Computer Protection 18.17 (4.00.5640)
  •     Computer Protection Premium 18.17 (4.00.5640)
  •     Computer Protection & Rapid Detection and Response 18.17 (4.00.5640)
  •     Computer Protection Premium & Rapid Detection and Response 18.17 (4.00.5640)

These are available on all environments, and we have started growing the availability from EU-SMI reaching all environments tomorrow. The clients get automatically upgraded for clients in the 18.1x series of Computer Protection clients, without a reboot.

 

We continue upgrading clients with old versions to the latest through channel on all environments except PSB3. PSB3 upgrades will start the channel upgrade availability on November 21st as per current plans. Computer Protection 18.5 will soon be fully replaced and any customers migrating from WKS12 to Computer Protection get into our latest version automatically.  

This release introduces:

  • Under the hood change into latest generation of Software Updater Engine. We expect small improvements in performance, with functionality remaining on the existing level.
  • Improved safety mechanisms on Firewall, preventing locking administrators out from computers especially in cases where the Network Isolation functionality is used in different network topologies.
  • Fixes to installation flows, in particular to a case where Windows account names include spaces and where firewall defined in AD changes due to installation of Computer Protection.

Should you notice anything worth a mention or question, we always welcome your feedback.
 

On behalf of the R&D team working on the endpoint Windows clients,

    Maaret

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Re: Release 18.17 - availability starting 7.11.2018

Dear F-Secure,

A hungarian educational customer reports that F-Secure endpoint protection (at least the PSB CP 18.x versions) have a problem on computers with Virtualbox installed. That hypervisor software creates a virtual network card, which allegedly has the exact same MAC address on every computer.

F-Secure PSB CP 18 apparently prioritizes that "virtual" MAC address for its identifier, instead of the physical network card. Because of that choice non-unique identifier related problems may emerge, e.g. "rotation of endpoints" in the PSB admin webportal view.

Sysadmin must manually configure the generation and use of "random computer identifiers" for F-Secure endpoints to work around that problem. Please investigate this report and if necessary, implement the corresponding fixes! (E.g. the known wrong MAC addresses belonging to various hyper-virtualization software could be black-listed for unique ID use by factory defult or something like that.)

 

Thanks in advance, Yours Sincerely: Tamas Feher, Hungary.

F-Secure

Re: Release 18.17 - availability starting 7.11.2018

Hi Tamas,

 

with the new generation of clients, we are not using the MAC address in communication as was the case in the WKS12 generation. However, if your customers are installing on the image and then creating distribution copies, you could check our instructions on how to install on a clone image.

 

We'd be happy to look into your customer's problem in more detail if this does not help solve it.

 

    Maaret

 

 

F-Secure

Release 18.18 - availability starting 14.12.2018

A new version of the endpoint clients is made available. The release of clients makes available these products to install with an appropriate subscription key:

 

  • Computer Protection 18.18 (4.00.6253)
  • Computer Protection Premium 18.18 (4.00.6253)
  • Computer Protection & Rapid Detection and Response 18.18 (4.00.6253)
  • Computer Protection Premium & Rapid Detection and Response 18.18 (4.00.6253)

The clients get automatically upgraded for clients in the 18.1x series of Computer Protection clients, without a reboot.

 

This release introduces:

  • Fixes and improvements. Installation flows, sending status information, online scanning, Firewall status showing in the user interface, Software Updater
  • Under the hood improvements (preparing to enable customizing and localizing) to new user interfaces: Isolation, RDR standalone user interface

Should you notice anything worth a mention or question, we always welcome your feedback.
 
On behalf of the R&D team working on the endpoint Windows clients,

    Maaret

 

F-Secure

Release 19.1 - availability starting 23.1.2019

A new version of the endpoint clients is made available. The release of clients makes available these products to install with an appropriate subscription key:

 

  • Computer Protection 19.1 (4.01.168)
  • Computer Protection Premium 19.1 (4.01.168)
  • Computer Protection & Rapid Detection and Response 19.1 (4.01.168)
  • Computer Protection Premium & Rapid Detection and Response 19.1 (4.01.168)

The clients get automatically upgraded for clients in the 18.1x series of Computer Protection clients, without a reboot.

 

This release introduces:

  • Fixes. Showing unnecessary reboot dialog, Running Windows Defender
  • Improvements. Software Updater flyer on reboot, starting scheduled scan if computer is off on the timer
  • Ability to sidegrade Workstation 12 and other F-Secure products in MSI installations

 

Should you notice anything worth a mention or question, we always welcome your feedback.
 
On behalf of the R&D team working on the endpoint Windows clients,

    Maaret

F-Secure

Release 19.2 - availability starting 5.3.2019

A new version of the endpoint clients is made available. The release of clients makes available these products to install with an appropriate subscription key:

 

  • Computer Protection 19.2 (4.02.1067)
  • Computer Protection Premium 19.2 (4.02.1067)
  • Computer Protection & Rapid Detection and Response 19.2 (4.02.1067)
  • Computer Protection Premium & Rapid Detection and Response 19.2 (4.02.1067)

The clients get automatically upgraded, generally without a reboot.

 

NOTE: For this release you will see a need of reboot in a special case. If at time of installing there is an application running that uses .NET that we are upgrading to version 4.7.2, a reboot is needed. This reboot is not asked visibly, but only through the downloads list with the PSB module status "Reboot needed". The version 19.1 will continue to be fully operational while the reboot is pending.

 

Also, a fraction percentage of our installed base will see PSB module status "Will try again". This means that something blocked us from upgrading .NET to version 4.7.2, usually the reason being that the computer is running an older version of e.g. Windows 10 where Microsoft is not supporting this version. In this case, check that .NET 4.7.2 is supported on the Windows version the computer is running and if the status remains, please reach out to us. Also in this case, the version 19.1 will continue to be fully operational.

 

This release introduces:

  • New user interface using .NET - first changed is the About box.
  • PSB managed remote F-Secure diagnostics. Admins can now request a diagnostic tool run from the portal to initiate asking permission for it on the endpoint. With permission, the file is made directly available for F-Secure with an identifier the admins can use in their support contacts.
  • First-level properties for WMI. To support RMM tool integration, we added WMI properties and simplified the interface for more straighforward integration. We now support RMM with Kasaya and will add documentation on it to  make it more widely accessible.
  • Fixes. Many enhancements on installation scenarios, software updater, browsing protection and remotely managed firewall. Crashes in components that happen silently.
  • Improvements. List of IP addresses for autoswitch rules so that you can define single rule for multiple addresses. WINS support for autoswitch rules.
  • Separate sidegrade package to run in MSI remote installations.

 

Should you notice anything worth a mention or question, we always welcome your feedback.
 
On behalf of the R&D team working on the endpoint Windows clients,

    Maaret

F-Secure

Release 19.3 - availability starting 3.5.2019

A new version of the endpoint clients is made available. The release of clients makes available these products to install with an appropriate subscription key:

  • Computer Protection 19.3 (4.03.1460)
  • Computer Protection Premium 19.3 (4.03.1460)
  • Computer Protection & Rapid Detection and Response 19.3 (4.03.1460)
  • Computer Protection Premium & Rapid Detection and Response 19.3 (4.03.1460)
  • Server Protection 19.3 (4.03.1460)
  • Server Protection Premium (4.03.1460)
  • Server Protection Premium & Rapid Detection and Response (4.03.1460)

The clients get automatically upgraded, generally without a reboot.

 

This release introduces:

 

  • Allowing installing on operating systems without .NET 4.7.2 and shows a dialog instead of .NET user interfaces if updating .NET is required. While lack of .NET stops us from showing user interfaces, the remotely managed clients are keeping users secure.
  • Pressing Check Now for updates bypasses throttling. If you want to get the latest client installed before it is scheduled for your particular endpoint, you can get that by using Check Now.
  • Improved Restart functionality. It now allows to postpone restart and has a count down to the restart time.
  • Remote Quarantine support. Admin can add items on exclusions when releasing them from quarantine in portal. Availability of this functionality depends on the PSB Portal and backend release.
  • Improved Install software updates remote operation: it waits until completed without timeout, it does not block other remote actions but has its own queue, and it reports status with more granularity.
  • Importable xml-config for WMI with remote actions for Kaseya RMM
  • Showing exclusions in scanning report
  • Many fixes to match customer reported issues, including ones fixes for previous versions as hotfixes
  • Support for Server Products.
  • New hidden dialogs for piloting purposes. Should you want to participate in early access of new settings and new software updater client user interfaces, please get in touch. These will be revealed in full on later releases.

Should you notice anything worth a mention or question, we always welcome your feedback.

 

Please note: while the Server Protection products are installable from the same installer, we added their availability from this release starting on May 16th.


On behalf of the R&D team working on the endpoint Windows clients,

Maaret

Superuser

Re: Release 19.3 - availability starting 3.5.2019

Hello,

 

Currently, I still see some 1180 computers with "FSAV PSB WKS 12.01" software on them, amongst a total of 5510 devices visible under the hierarchy of our PSB "SoP" level portal.

 

Will this new "PSB CP version 19.3" release make sure those left-over WKS 12 computers are also converted to the new, lightweight "Computer Protection" anti-virus technology?

 

Thanks in advance, Yours Sincerely. Tamas Feher, Hungary.

F-Secure

Re: Release 19.3 - availability starting 3.5.2019

Hi Tamas,

 

we are monitoring the WKS12 numbers and there are many different actions related to those. As per our current setup, WKS12 upgrades will all end up in 19.1 to manage the configurations we need to support and monitor, and we are taking action to let those upgrade from 19.1 to 19.3 later. So this release isn't an action directed towards WKS12 upgrades.

 

    Maaret

F-Secure

Release 19.4 - availability starting 6.6.2019

A new version of the endpoint clients is made available. The release of clients makes available these products to install with an appropriate subscription key:

  • Computer Protection 19.4 (4.04.824)
  • Computer Protection Premium 19.4 (4.04.824)
  • Computer Protection & Rapid Detection and Response 19.4 (4.04.824)
  • Computer Protection Premium & Rapid Detection and Response 19.4 (4.04.824)
  • Server Protection 19.4 (4.04.824)
  • Server Protection Premium 19.4 (4.04.824)
  • Server Protection Premium & Rapid Detection and Response 19.4  (4.04.824)

The endpoints get automatically upgraded, generally without a reboot.

 

This release introduces:

 

  • Concept of Early Access. As per popular demand, we have introduced a change to the way we release endpoint clients. Administrators can set in Portal General Settings | Early Access to Client  Software -toggle on, identifying the computers that will receive our product update in advance of the full release. This allows Early access computers receive F-Secure software updates several days before everyone else. We are finalizing the details of how many days we set the limit to, with limitation of allowing max one week delaying. For 19.4 release, availability tomorrow starts only for computers marked for the early access group, and for others the availability starting point moves to next week.
  • Start of Support for full range of servers (Citrix, Terminal Server). With this release, we start support for Citrix (excluding the imaging scenarios that require recognizing new license uses as same) and Terminal Server. Also note that SWUP on servers no longer times a restart, but we allow servers their usual restart schedule. Enhancing settings on this is scheduled for next release.
  • Redesigned Endpoint Settings User Interface. We have combined our settings user interfaces under one umbrella and worked to address concerns around finding the settings on the endpoint cients that Administrators set on Portal. For example, the two DataGuard(tm) settings are now grouped together.
  • Software Updater User Interface. Primarily for convenience for administrators, we have introduced a Software Updater user interface on the endpoint clients. You can find this from Tools view on the endpoint client Main User Interface.
  • Fixes and Improvements. Improving Software Updater Exclusions, Software Updater Restart, Installation and functionality in Proxied environments, and Events and Event History (with Show All -function).

Should you notice anything worth a mention or question, we always welcome your feedback.


On behalf of the R&D team working on the endpoint Windows clients,

Maaret