McAfee kills Lotus Notes - McAfee says turn off virus scanning - huh?
Affected McAfee product is VirusScan Enterprise v 8.5i. Affected Lotus Notes Clients are R6 and R7.
It turns out that a November update of McAfee is crippling Lotus Notes. IBM and McAfee have both released an advisory. IBM's advisory says:
""While working in Lotus Notes mail for some period of time, typically an hour or two, upon opening or deleting a message, the following error appears: 'You are not authorized to perform that operation,'"
McAfee says to disable "scan all server databases" and "scan server mailboxes", or disable MCafee Notes Scanner statements in Notes.ini, or uninstall VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i and revert to the older VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i
IBM says to "Completely disable the anti-virus software or to change the Notes Scanner settings to disable: "Scan all server databases" and "Scan server mailboxes".
The primary role of antivirus is to protect users from viruses being sent via email. An antivirus product that cannot be used to scan emails is as useful as *** on a bull, and turning off mailbox scanning is simply not an acceptable option. This leaves McAfee's victims with only one alternative - roll back to the older version of Enterprise.