If you’re an owner using one of NVIDIA’s graphics card, you may want to update the Display Driver for your card right now, if you haven’t already done so. Otherwise, you’re effectively leaving your NVIDIA-powered system exposed to no less than five security vulnerabilities.
According to NVIDIA, the five vulnerabilities ranged between medium and high threat, and could possibly lead to issues such as local code execution, escalation of privileges, and denial of service on unsuspecting Windows-based PCs. As an example, if a GeForce-driven system was compromised by an attacker, the flaws would render the affected system vulnerable to malicious codes.
To be clear, the flaws aren’t just limited to NVIDIA’s GeForce cards lineup. The vulnerabilities affect all NVIDIA graphics solutions across the board; that includes its Quadro, NVS, and Tesla lineup. On a more positive note, the flaws listed by NVIDIA – while still a threat – requires local access for the system to be exploited. In other words, unless there’s a villainous-looking individual within the immediate vicinity of your PC, your machine is safe.
For the general consumer using one of NVIDIA’s GeForce graphics cards, the updated drivers are already available via its official GeForce page.