USN-2814-1: NVIDIA graphics drivers vulnerability

18 November 2015

NVIDIA graphics drivers could be made to run programs as an administrator.

Releases

Packages

  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-304 - NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-304-updates - NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-340 - NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-340-updates - NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-352 - NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-352-updates - NVIDIA binary X.Org driver

Details

It was discovered that the NVIDIA graphics drivers incorrectly sanitized
user mode inputs. A local attacker could use this issue to possibly gain
root privileges.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 15.10
Ubuntu 15.04
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.

References