Vulnerability

Classification

Malware

Other

W32

Vulnerability

Summary

A programming flaw or security loophole that may allow other users, applications or attackers to affect a program or system without the user's authorization or knowledge.

Automatic action

F-Secure's security products can be set to automatically detect the exploits used to target a vulnerability.

To prevent further possible exploitation, the underlying vulnerability in the vulnerable program must be addressed, usually by a security patch from the product vendor.

Exploit prevention

The vulnerabilities leveraged by exploits are usually application or platform specific; in other words, a specific program (or even a specific version of a particular program) must be installed on the machine in order for the exploit to be effective.

To prevent exploitation of such vulnerabilities, please refer to the application vendor for the latest updates and additional advice.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

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.

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User Guide

See the user guide for your product on the Help Center.

Contact Support

Chat with or call an expert for help.

Submit a sample

Submit a file or URL for further analysis.

Technical Details

A vulnerability is a programming flaw or security loophole that may allow other users, applications or attackers to affect a program or system without the user's authorization or knowledge.

Typically, attackers will create a program or piece of code (known as an exploit) that takes advantage of the vulnerability in order to perform an undesirable action.