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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (icsma-19-311-01) Medtronic Valleylab FT10 and LS10
8 November 2019
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Medtronic Valleylab FT10 and LS10
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Unauthorised Access -- Console/Physical
Access Confidential Data -- Console/Physical
CVE Names: CVE-2019-13535 CVE-2019-13531
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ICS Medical Advisory (ICSMA-19-311-01)
Medtronic Valleylab FT10 and LS10
Original release date: November 07, 2019
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 4.8
o ATTENTION: Low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Medtronic
o Equipment: Valleylab FT10, Valleylab LS10
o Vulnerabilities: Improper Authentication, Protection Mechanism Failure
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to
connect inauthentic instruments to the affected products by spoofing RFID
security mechanisms. This may lead to a loss of performance integrity and
platform availability due to incorrect identification of instrument and
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following Medtronic Valleylab energy and electrosurgery products, are
o Valleylab FT10 Energy Platform (VLFT10GEN)
Version 2.1.0 and lower
Version 2.0.3 and lower
o Valleylab LS10 Energy Platform (VLLS10GEN-not available in the United
Version 1.20.2 and lower
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 IMPROPER AUTHENTICATION CWE-287
The RFID security mechanism used for authentication between the FT10/LS10
Energy Platform and instruments can be bypassed, allowing for inauthentic
instruments to connect to the generator.
CVE-2019-13531 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
4.8 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:P/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/
3.2.2 PROTECTION MECHANISM FAILURE CWE-693
The RFID security mechanism does not apply read protection, allowing for full
read access of the RFID security mechanism data.
CVE-2019-13535 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
4.6 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:P/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Healthcare and Public Health
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Ireland
Medtronic reported these vulnerabilities to CISA.
A software patch is available now for the affected Valleylab platforms. If you
suspect you are in possession of an instrument that is not FDA approved or
cleared to be used with Medtronic Valleylab FT10 or LS10, please contact
Medtronic or your medical device supplier. If you have concerns about FDA
clearance or approval of current or future instruments, please contact your
medical device supplier. Please contact Medtronic to obtain the software patch.
Medtronic has released additional patient focused information at the following
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Specifically, users should:
o Restrict system access to authorized personnel only and follow a least
o Apply defense-in-depth strategies.
o Where additional information is needed, refer to existing cybersecurity in
medical device guidance issued by the FDA at the following location: https:
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.
These vulnerabilities are not exploitable remotely.
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