Flame is a sophisticated information-gathering program used in targeted cyber-attacks against organizations and nation states in the Middle East.
Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.
If you have a file detected as Flame, we would greatly appreciate it if you submit a sample of the suspect file to our Security Lab for further analysis via:
A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:
Check for the latest database updates
First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.
Submit a sample
After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.
NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.
Exclude a file from further scanning
If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.
Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.
Flame is a massive, complex and sophisticated malware designed for information gathering and espionage. Initial reports have termed this malware an 'attack toolkit' or 'platform', as it includes capabilities similar to a trojan, a worm, and a botnet-controlled backdoor.
Though the identity of the attackers remains unknown, the objective of this malware appears to be information gathering focused on organizations, institutions or nation states in the Middle East. There is speculation that this form of espionage is most likely perpetrated by a rival nation state, though no strong confirmation currently exists.
This malware is further discussed in the following Labs Weblog post:
Due to its massive size - approximately 20MB - and the complexity of its structure, analysis of the malware has been challenging and is still ongoing. The following details are based on information released in initial reports.
The malware itself is composed of multiple modules, each with specific roles. These components may be modified or removed, and new modules added, by the attackers. Among its reported capabilities are:
Initial reports indicate that multiple versions of Flame have been circulating in the wild for some time, without being detected by any major antivirus programs or other security software. At the time of writing, F-Secure has detections for known sample components.
More information, including technical analysis, is available from: