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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (icsma-21-084-01) Philips Gemini PET/CT Family
26 March 2021
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Philips Gemini PET/CT Family
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Access Confidential Data -- Console/Physical
CVE Names: CVE-2021-27456
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ICS Medical Advisory (ICSMA-21-084-01)
Philips Gemini PET/CT Family
Original release date: March 25, 2021
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 2.4
o ATTENTION: Low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Philips
o Equipment: Gemini PET/CT Family
o Vulnerability: Storage of Sensitive Data in a Mechanism Without Access
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability involving removable media could
allow access to sensitive information (including patient information).
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
Philips reports the vulnerability affects the following Gemini PET/CT products:
o 882300 Gemini 16 Slice
o 882160 Gemini Dual
o 882400 Gemini GXL 10 Slice
o 882390 Gemini GXL 6 Slice
o 882410 Gemini GXL 16 Slice
o 882412 GEMINI LXL
o 882473 Gemini TF Ready
o 882470 Gemini TF 16 w/ TOF Performance
o 882471 Gemini TF 64 w/ TOF Performance
o 882476 Gemini TF Big Bore
o 882438 TruFlight Select PET/CT
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 STORAGE OF SENSITIVE DATA IN A MECHANISM WITHOUT ACCESS CONTROL CWE-921
The software stores sensitive information in a removable media device that does
not have built-in access control.
CVE-2021-27456 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
2.4 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: Netherlands
Jean GEORGE - CHU UCL Namur - Nuclear medicine department reported this
vulnerability to Philips.
Philips has identified the following guidance and mitigations:
o Users should operate all Philips deployed and supported Gemini PET/CT
systems within Philips authorized specifications, including Philips
approved software, software configuration, system services, and security
o Philips also recommends users implement a comprehensive, multi-layered
strategy to protect systems from internal and external security threats,
including restricting physical access of the scanner and removable media to
only authorized personnel to reduce the risk of physical access by an
o Patient health related information recorded on removable media may become
accessible to unauthorized individuals despite the application of the
anonymize function, which could create a security risk.
Users with questions regarding their specific installations of the Gemini PET/
CT Family should contact a Philips service support team. Philips contact
information is available at https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/solutions/
customer-service-solutions or 1-800-722-9377
The Philips advisory is available. Please see the Philips product security
website for the latest security information for Philips products.
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of this vulnerability. CISA reminds organizations to perform
proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to deploying defensive
CISA also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices
on the ICS webpage on us-cert.cisa.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.cisa.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.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability. This
vulnerability is not exploitable remotely.
For any questions related to this report, please contact the CISA at:
Toll Free: 1-888-282-0870
CISA continuously strives to improve its products and services. You can help by
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