Blackberry Cylance's consumer antivirus product won't work with macOS Big Sur until end of January

Only three months after latest OS version released


Blackberry Cylance's consumer antivirus product will not support macOS Big Sur until the end of January – three months after the Apple operating system’s latest version was released.

The iGiant's OS hit version 11 on Friday 13th November, appropriately enough given the chaos that followed, yet despite version 11.1 being released in mid-December, Cylance still hasn't updated its Smart Antivirus product to support it.

This means users of macOS 11.0 or 11.1 must pick between applying operating system upgrades that patch more than 50 security vulnerabilities acknowledged by Apple in previous macOS versions, or having their chosen antivirus product running on their out-of-date machines.

Cylance's competitors all managed to sort themselves out and support the new version of macOS either at launch or in the days afterwards. Sophos had updated its consumer-grade products to support Big Sur by the beginning of December; Avira supported it from the date of Big Sur's release, as did Malwarebytes. AVG also managed to get its act together in November to support Big Sur, which was released in beta back in June at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference.

android

End-to-end encryption? In Android's default messaging app? Don't worry, nobody else noticed either

READ MORE

Other antivirus vendors were too shy to comment on Cylance's woes but forlorn Redditors looking for hope instead discovered a Cylance support statement dated 25 November, which baldly stated: "If users have Cylance Smart Antivirus installed on devices that are running macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or earlier, they should not upgrade their devices to macOS 11.0 until further notice."

Bitdefender said that its Endpoint Security for Mac product encountered some minor difficulties when Big Sur v11.0 first exited beta, noting: "Specifically, Apple has replaced the previous kernel extensions with system extensions, which run in the user space. Therefore, Bitdefender has switched for Endpoint Security for Mac from kernel extensions to system extensions too."

Blackberry, owners of Cylance, told The Register in a statement: "Apple has introduced major changes with the release of macOS 11.0/11.1 Big Sur. The biggest one being the inability for applications to use 'kernel extensions' or 'kext' when running on Big Sur. We have released an 'Early Adopter' version of BlackBerry Protect for Big Sur to our Enterprise customers. We expect to release a [Cylance Smart Antivirus] version compatible with macOS Big Sur by the end of January."

In this era of ever-evolving cybersecurity threats, offering even a consumer-grade product that won't work with the latest version of an operating system used by millions worldwide isn't a great look. If you're in a SME relying on consumer security software instead of a proper enterprise-grade product, now is a good time to take a look at the potential risks you're running by doing so. ®

Similar topics


Other stories you might like

  • DuckDuckGo tries to explain why its browsers won't block some Microsoft web trackers
    Meanwhile, Tails 5.0 users told to stop what they're doing over Firefox flaw

    DuckDuckGo promises privacy to users of its Android, iOS browsers, and macOS browsers – yet it allows certain data to flow from third-party websites to Microsoft-owned services.

    Security researcher Zach Edwards recently conducted an audit of DuckDuckGo's mobile browsers and found that, contrary to expectations, they do not block Meta's Workplace domain, for example, from sending information to Microsoft's Bing and LinkedIn domains.

    Specifically, DuckDuckGo's software didn't stop Microsoft's trackers on the Workplace page from blabbing information about the user to Bing and LinkedIn for tailored advertising purposes. Other trackers, such as Google's, are blocked.

    Continue reading
  • Despite 'key' partnership with AWS, Meta taps up Microsoft Azure for AI work
    Someone got Zuck'd

    Meta’s AI business unit set up shop in Microsoft Azure this week and announced a strategic partnership it says will advance PyTorch development on the public cloud.

    The deal [PDF] will see Mark Zuckerberg’s umbrella company deploy machine-learning workloads on thousands of Nvidia GPUs running in Azure. While a win for Microsoft, the partnership calls in to question just how strong Meta’s commitment to Amazon Web Services (AWS) really is.

    Back in those long-gone days of December, Meta named AWS as its “key long-term strategic cloud provider." As part of that, Meta promised that if it bought any companies that used AWS, it would continue to support their use of Amazon's cloud, rather than force them off into its own private datacenters. The pact also included a vow to expand Meta’s consumption of Amazon’s cloud-based compute, storage, database, and security services.

    Continue reading
  • Atos pushes out HPC cloud services based on Nimbix tech
    Moore's Law got you down? Throw everything at the problem! Quantum, AI, cloud...

    IT services biz Atos has introduced a suite of cloud-based high-performance computing (HPC) services, based around technology gained from its purchase of cloud provider Nimbix last year.

    The Nimbix Supercomputing Suite is described by Atos as a set of flexible and secure HPC solutions available as a service. It includes access to HPC, AI, and quantum computing resources, according to the services company.

    In addition to the existing Nimbix HPC products, the updated portfolio includes a new federated supercomputing-as-a-service platform and a dedicated bare-metal service based on Atos BullSequana supercomputer hardware.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022