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Vulnerabilities Identified in Philips Clinical Collaboration Platform

5 low- to medium-severity vulnerabilities have been identified in the Philips Clinical Collaboration Platform (Vue PACS). If successfully exploited, an attacker could convince an authorized user to execute unauthorized actions or could result in the disclosure of information that could be used in further attacks.

Philips has not received any reports to indicate exploits for the vulnerabilities have been developed or used in real world attacks, and there have been no reports of incidents from clinical use associated with the vulnerabilities.

The vulnerabilities affect versions 12.2.1 and prior and range in severity from low (CVSS v3 base score 3.4) to medium (CVSS v3 base score 6.8).

  • CVE-2020-16200 – Resource exposed to the wrong control sphere – Allows unauthorized access to the resource (CVSS 6.8)
  • CVE-2020-16247 – Algorithm downgrade – A failure to control the allocation and maintenance of a limited resource, potentially leading to exhaustion of available resources. (CVSS 6.5)
  • CVE-2020-16198 – Protection mechanism failure – Failure or insufficient checks to verify the identity given by an attacker to ensure the claim is correct. (CVSS 5.0)
  • CVE-2020-14525 – Improper neutralization of scripty in attributes in a web page – Does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes user-controllable input before it is placed in output used as a webpage that is served to other users. (CVSS 3.5)
  • CVE-2020-14506 – When input or data is provided, there are insufficient checks to ensure the input has the properties to allow data to be processed safely and correctly. (CVSS 3.4)

Philips released a patch for the Clinical Collaboration Platform (Version in June 2020 for web portals which fixed two of low-severity flaws (CVE-2020-14506 and CVE-2020-14525).

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Philips released a new version of the Vue PACS Clinical Collaboration Platform (Version 12.2.5) in May 2020, which corrected four of the flaws (CVE-2020-14506, CVE-2020-14525, CVE-2020-16247, and CVE-2020-16198).

The remaining vulnerability, CVE-2020-16200, could not be patched and requires manual intervention to prevent exploitation. Affected customers are encouraged to contact Philips Customer Support to receive assistance correcting the vulnerability.

Philips also recommends the following mitigations:

  • Implement physical security measures to limit or control access to critical systems.
  • Restrict system access to authorized personnel only and follow a least privilege approach.
  • Apply defense-in-depth strategies.
  • Disable unnecessary accounts and services.

The vulnerabilities were identified by Northridge Hospital Medical Center, which reported the vulnerabilities to Philips. Philips released a security advisory and notified relevant authorities about the flaws under its Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure Policy.

Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.