NVIDIA Drivers: Privilege escalation — GLSA 201304-01

Two vulnerabilities in NVIDIA drivers may allow a local attacker to gain escalated privileges.

Affected Packages

x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers on all architectures
Affected versions < 304.88
Unaffected versions >= 304.88

Background

The NVIDIA drivers provide X11 and GLX support for NVIDIA graphic boards.

Description

Two vulnerabilities have been discovered in NVIDIA drivers:

  • A vulnerability has been found in the way NVIDIA drivers handle read/write access to GPU device nodes, allowing access to arbitrary system memory locations (CVE-2012-4225).
  • A buffer overflow error has been discovered in NVIDIA drivers (CVE-2013-0131).

NOTE: Exposure to CVE-2012-4225 is reduced in Gentoo due to 660 permissions being used on the GPU device nodes by default.

Impact

A local attacker could gain escalated privileges.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All NVIDIA driver users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose
 ">=x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-304.88"
 

References

Release Date
April 08, 2013

Latest Revision
April 08, 2013: 1

Severity
high

Exploitable
remote

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