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What's new in the
CylancePROTECT Desktop
agent for
Windows

What's new in
Windows
agent version 3.1.1000

Feature
Description
Execution protection for XLM/XL4 Excel Macros (Preview)
The
CylancePROTECT Desktop
agent now works with
Microsoft
's anti-malware scan interface (AMSI) so that when a potentially dangerous XLM macro is executed, threat information is reported to the management console, and the agent responds to the interface according to the device policy rules for script control events. For example, the agent responds whether to allow the macro to run or block it from running. This feature is enabled from the Script Control > XLM Macros settings in the device policy.
This feature requires the following:
  • Microsoft Windows
    10 or later
  • CylancePROTECT Desktop
    agent version 3.1
  • VBA macros must be disabled in the
    Excel
    File > Trust Center > Excel Trust Center > Macro Settings
    menu. 
This feature is currently available in Preview mode where it might behave unexpectedly.
Support for Antimalware Protected Process Light (AM-PPL)
The
CylancePROTECT Desktop
agent now runs as a trusted service using Antimalware Protected Process Light (AM-PPL) technology from
Microsoft
, which protects the agent's security processes from malicious actions. For example, it helps protect the agent from being terminated. This feature requires the endpoint to be running
Windows 10
1709 or later or
Windows Server
2019 or later.
Custom interval for background threat detection scanning
Administrators can now set a custom interval to run background threat detection scanning from the device policy. The date of the last scan for each device is logged in the management console. The scan interval can be set between 1 and 90 days. The default scan interval is 10 days. Note that increasing the frequency of the scans might impact the device performance. The scan may also be manually started from the command line.
Manually start background threat detection scanning
On
Windows
devices, you can now manually start background threat detection scanning from the command line using the
backgroundscan
command option. For example, you can run the following command:
C:\Program Files\Cylance\Desktop\CylanceSvc.exe /backgroundscan
Windows
OS support
  • Added support for
    Windows
    10 (22H2)
  • Removed support for
    Windows
    10 (2004)

What's new in
Windows
agent version 3.0.1005

Feature
Description
LSASS Read violations reporting
LSASS Read violations that are blocked are now reported to the management console.
Due to compatibility issues, tenants that have
CylanceOPTICS
3.2 for
Windows
available will not have
CylancePROTECT Desktop
agent version 3.0.1005 for
Windows
provisioned to them. The compatibility issues will be resolved in an upcoming release. All other versions of
CylanceOPTICS
support
CylancePROTECT Desktop
agent version 3.0.1005 for
Windows
.

What's new in
Windows
agent version 3.0.1000

Feature
Description
Support for
Windows
11
The
CylancePROTECT Desktop
agent for
Windows
now supports
Windows
11 devices.
LSASS Read violations detection
Detection of LSASS Read violations has been improved in the
Windows
agent 3.0.1000.
Exclusions for macro files
For
Windows
devices running agent 3.0.1000, administrators can now add exclusions in the Memory Protection device policy for macro files that cause Script Control events.
Read-only access to USB devices
For
Windows
devices running agent 3.0.1000, administrators can now allow read-only access to external USB devices on
Windows
devices.
Detection disabled for embedded VBScripts
Detection of embedded VBScript script control violations is disabled in
Windows
agent 3.0.1000.

What's new in
Windows
agent version 2.1.1584

Feature
Description
Added support for
Windows
The
CylancePROTECT Desktop
1584 agent for
Windows
is supported on devices running
Windows
10 21H1 (May 2021),
Windows
10 21H2 (November 2021),
Windows
11, and
Windows Server
2022.
Memory protection enhancements
  • Memory Protection now uses a new code base and methodology that generates more events.
  • The Dangerous VBA Macro event (RunMacroScript) is now a memory protection event, not a script control event. This event prevents dangerous implementations within a macro. This event is not related to running scripts.

What's new in
Windows
agent version 2.1.1578

  • Bug fixes only.
  • The
    CylancePROTECT Desktop
    1578 agent for
    Windows
    is supported on devices running
    Windows
    11 and
    Windows Server
    2022.

What's new in
Windows
agent version 2.1.1568

  • Bug fixes only.
The
CylancePROTECT Desktop
1568 agent for
Windows
is the last release that supports endpoints running the
Windows XP
,
Windows Server
2003, and
Windows Server
2008 (non-R2) operating systems. The
Cylance
SHA1 certificate that the agent requires to support these endpoints is due to expire in November 2023. After November 2023, any endpoints that are running this version of the agent may not behave as expected. For endpoints that are running a later version of
Windows
, you must install a later version of the
CylancePROTECT Desktop
agent. For more information about
CylancePROTECT Desktop
support for legacy operating systems, visit support.blackberry.com and read KB 66653.