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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (icsma-19-241-02) Philips HDI 4000 Ultrasound
30 August 2019
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Philips HDI 4000 Ultrasound Systems
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Access Confidential Data -- Existing Account
Modify Arbitrary Files -- Existing Account
Resolution: Alternate Program
CVE Names: CVE-2019-10988
Comment: This advisory references vulnerabilities in products which run on
platforms other than US-CERT. It is recommended that administrators
running Philips HDI 4000 Ultrasound Systems check for an updated
version of the software for their operating system.
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ICS Medical Advisory (ICSMA-19-241-02)
Philips HDI 4000 Ultrasound
Original release date: August 29, 2019
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 3.0
o ATTENTION: Public exploits are available/exploitable from within the same
o Vendor: Philips
o Equipment: HDI 4000 Ultrasound Systems
o Vulnerability: Use of Obsolete Function
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could lead to exposure of
ultrasound images (breaches of confidentiality) and compromised image
integrity. The vulnerability does not affect patient safety or systems
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of Philips HDI 4000 Ultrasound Systems, a diagnostic
ultrasound system, are affected:
o All versions running on old, unsupported operating systems such as Windows
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 USE OF OBSOLETE FUNCTION CWE-477
The HDI 4000 Ultrasound System is built on an old operating system that is no
longer supported. Thus, any unmitigated vulnerability in the old operating
system could be exploited to affect this product.
CVE-2019-10988 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
3.0 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:L/AC:H/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Healthcare and Public Health
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Netherlands
Check Point reported this vulnerability to Philips.
Users should implement controls to limit access to the network and consider
replacing the system with a newer technology and supported operating system.
Please see the Philips product security website for the latest security
information for Philips products:
The support life cycle for the Philips HDI 4000 Ultrasound system ended on
December 31, 2013. As such, these devices are no longer sold, updated, or
supported by Philips.
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of this vulnerability. Specifically, users should:
o Restrict system access to authorized personnel only and follow a least
o Apply defense-in-depth strategies.
o Disable unnecessary accounts and services.
Where additional information is needed, follow this link to existing
cybersecurity in medical device guidance issued by the FDA .
CISA reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
CISA also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices
on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov . Several recommended practices are available
for reading and download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems
Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies .
Additional mitigation guidance and recommended practices are publicly available
on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov in the Technical Information Paper,
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation
Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their
established internal procedures and report their findings to CISA for tracking
and correlation against other incidents.
High skill level is needed to exploit.
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