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                  Philips Xper-IM Connect Vulnerabilities
                               15 July 2016


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Philips Xper-IM Connect
Operating System:  Windows XP
Impact/Access:     Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
                   Denial of Service               -- Remote/Unauthenticated
                   Access Confidential Data        -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade

Original Bulletin: 

Comment: Proof of concept code is publicly available.

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Advisory (ICSMA-16-196-01)

Philips Xper-IM Connect Vulnerabilities

Original release date: July 14, 2016

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Independent researchers Mike Ahmadi of Synopsys and Billy Rios of Whitescope 
LLC, in collaboration with Philips, have identified numerous vulnerabilities 
with an automated software composition analysis tool in the Philips Xper-IM 
Connect system running on Windows XP. Philips reports that the identified 
vulnerabilities can be addressed by upgrading the affected system to a newer 
version of Windows and installing Philips new software version. An independent
third-party organization has tested the upgraded system with the new software
version applied to validate that it resolves the reported vulnerabilities.

These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely.

Exploits that target these vulnerabilities are known to be publicly available.


The following Philips Xper-IM Connect versions are affected:

Xper-IM Connect system running Windows XP, Version 1.5.12 and prior versions.


Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker 
to compromise the Xper-IM Connect system.

Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to
each organization. NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the 
impact of these vulnerabilities based on their operational environment and 
specific clinical usage. BACKGROUND

Philips is a global company that maintains offices in several countries around
the world, including countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle
East, and North America.

The affected product, Windows XP-based Xper-IM Connect system, provides 
physiomonitoring capabilities along with reporting, scheduling, inventory, and
intelligent data management. According to Philips, Xper-IM Connect is deployed
across the Healthcare and Public Health sector. Philips estimates that these 
products are used primarily in the United States and Europe with a small 
percentage in Asia.



The Philips Xper-IM Connect system running on Windows XP, Version, 
was tested and determined to have 460 vulnerabilities. Philips has confirmed 
that 272 of these vulnerabilities are present in five software packages in the
Xper-IM Connect system software, and 188 vulnerabilities are associated with 
the no longer supported Windows XP operating system. All the 460 
vulnerabilities with assigned CWEs numbers can be categorized as one of the 
following five types of vulnerabilities: 1) Code Injection, [a] 2) Resource 
Management Errors, [b] 3) Information Exposure, [c] 4) Numeric Errors, [d] and 5) 
Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer. [e]

The breakdown of vulnerabilities by CVSS score are as follows:

360 vulnerabilities were identified as having a CVSS base score of 7.0-10.0, 

100 vulnerabilities were identified as having a CVSS base score of 4.0-6.9.



These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely.


Exploits that target these vulnerabilities are publicly available.


An attacker with a low skill would be able to exploit these vulnerabilities.


Philips reports that the Xper-IM Connect system, running on the no longer 
supported Windows XP operating system, can be upgraded to Windows 2008-R2, 
which will address the Windowsrelated vulnerabilities. In addition, the 
vulnerabilities associated with the Xper-IM Connect system software are 
addressed by Philips new software version, Version 1.5, Service Pack 13. 
Philips reports that all the reported vulnerabilities are mitigated by 
upgrading to the newer version of Windows and applying the new software 

Philips recommends that all Xper-IM Connect users should contact Philips for 
specific instructions or services to upgrade to the Windows 2008-R2 operating
system and to acquire software Version 1.5 Service Pack 13. Philips encourages
users to use only Philips-validated and authorized changes for the Xper-IM 
Connect system supported by Philips authorized personnel or under Philips 
explicit published directions for product patches, upgrades, or releases.

Users with questions regarding their specific Xper-IM installations should 
contact their local Philips service support team or their regional Xper IM 
service support at:

Service support for North America, 1 800 669 1328 (or +1 321 253 5693);

Service support for Asia, +852 2821 5888;

Service support for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, +49 7031 463 2254;

Service support for Latin America, +55 11 2125 0744; and

Service support for Canada, 1 800 291 6743.

Philips highly recommends that all users with and without service contracts 
reference the product instructions for use for practical guidance toward 
maintaining their role in an effective product security partnership with 
Philips. Users should also contact their local service support team to discuss
any needed guidance or services.

ICS-CERT recommends that users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Specifically, users should:

Ensure that nonproduct-related software packages, such as email and web 
browser software, are not installed on medical devices, as they could contain
vulnerabilities, malware, and broaden the attack surface, which could impact 
the intended function of the device.

Minimize network exposure for all medical devices and/or systems, and ensure 
that they are not accessible from the Internet.

Locate all medical devices and remote devices behind firewalls, and isolate 
them from the business network.

When remote access is required, use secure methods, such as Virtual Private 
Networks (VPNs), recognizing that VPNs may have vulnerabilities and should be
updated to the most current version available. Also recognize that VPN is only
as secure as the connected devices.

ICS-CERT also provides a section for security recommended practices on the 
ICS-CERT web page at 
http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/content/recommended-practices. ICS-CERT reminds 
organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to 
deploying defensive measures.

Additional mitigation guidance and recommended practices are publicly 
available in the ICSCERT Technical Information Paper, 
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation 
Strategies, that is available for download from the ICS-CERT web site 

Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their 
established internal procedures and report their findings to ICS-CERT for 
tracking and correlation against other incidents.

a. CWE-94: Improper Control of Generation of Code ('Code Injection'), 
http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/94.html, web site last accessed July 14,

b. CWE-399: Resource Management Errors, 
http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/399.html, web site last accessed July 
14, 2016.

c. CWE-200: Information Exposure, 
http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/200.html, web site last accessed July 
14, 2016.

d. CWE-189: Numeric Errors, http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/189.html, 
web site last accessed July 14, 2016.

e. CWE-119: Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory 
Buffer, http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/119.html, web site last accessed
July 14, 2016.

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