Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1420-1
11th April, 2012
nvidia-graphics-drivers, nvidia-graphics-drivers-173, nvidia-graphics-drivers-173-updates, nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates vulnerability
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 11.10
- Ubuntu 11.04
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
NVIDIA graphics drivers could be made to run programs as an administrator.
- nvidia-graphics-drivers - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
- nvidia-graphics-drivers-173 - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
- nvidia-graphics-drivers-173-updates - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
- nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
It was discovered that the NVIDIA graphics drivers could be reconfigured to
gain access to arbitrary system memory. A local attacker could use this
issue to possibly gain root privileges.
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:
- Ubuntu 11.10:
- nvidia-173-updates 173.14.30-0ubuntu5.1
- nvidia-173 173.14.30-0ubuntu8.1
- nvidia-current-updates 280.13-0ubuntu5.1
- nvidia-current 280.13-0ubuntu6.1
- Ubuntu 11.04:
- nvidia-173 173.14.30-0ubuntu1.1
- nvidia-current 270.41.06-0ubuntu1.1
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
- nvidia-173 173.14.22-0ubuntu11.1
- nvidia-current 195.36.24-0ubuntu1~10.04.2
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.