Researchers have identified hundreds of high severity vulnerabilities in a healthcare product from Philips. The vendor has released software updates that address the issues.
The affected product is Philips Xper Information Management Connect, a hospital information system used in the healthcare sector primarily in the United States and Europe.
According to an advisory published by ICS-CERT on Thursday, Xper Connect versions 1.5.12 and prior running on Windows XP are affected by a total of 460 vulnerabilities, many of which could allow an attacker to compromise the system. The flaws were discovered by Mike Ahmadi of Synopsys and Billy Rios of Whitescope LLC using an automated analysis tool. Of the total number of security holes, 188 affect the outdated operating system Windows XP and 272 are specific to Xper software packages. ICS-CERT says 360 of the flaws have been rated “high severity”, while the rest have been classified as “medium severity.”
The issues found by researchers have been described as code injections, information exposure flaws, resource management and numeric errors, and improper restriction of operations within the bounds of a memory buffer. The vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely even by an attacker with low skill and exploits are publicly available.
Philips has advised Xper Connect users to update their operating system to Windows 2008-R2 in order to address the Windows vulnerabilities and install Xper version 1.5 service pack 13 to resolve the product-specific issues. ICS-CERT said a third-party organization has confirmed that the software updates fix the problems.
Philips has provided the following statement:
This is not the first time Billy Rios has been credited for finding vulnerabilities in Philips’ Xper products. In 2013, the expert identified a critical heap-based buffer overflow that could have been exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary code with administrator privileges.