Critical Vulnerability Discovered in NVIDIA Linux Display Drivers – Update Now!

CVSScvssV3_1: 8.8

NVIDIA has disclosed a high severity vulnerability in their GPU display drivers used for Linux systems. The vulnerability tracked as CVE-2023-0189 has been given a CVSS score of 8.8 out of 10, indicating its potential impact.

The vulnerability exists in the kernel mode layer handler of the NVIDIA display drivers. This could allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary code, cause a denial of service, escalate privileges or access sensitive information like passwords by exploiting the flaw.

While details are limited, the vulnerability seems to be present due to a logic error in how the driver handles operations in the privileged kernel space. A specially crafted request or input could potentially be used by a local user to exploit the vulnerability.

If exploited, a local attacker with access to the vulnerable system could install malware, steal data or take complete control of the affected Linux system. This puts organizations and individuals using NVIDIA GPUs for tasks like machine learning or graphics rendering at risk.

NVIDIA has released an updated driver version to address this issue. Users are highly recommended to update their NVIDIA display drivers to the latest version available for their Linux distribution as soon as possible. Keeping systems up to date is one of the best ways to prevent exploitation of known vulnerabilities.