Nvidia releases driver update to fix security exploit

Nvidia has released a new set of driver updates to patch up a security flaw found within the Nvidia Display Driver service.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

Nvidia has quietly released a new set of drivers to patch up a security flaw found within the Display Driver service, which came to light via a U.K.-based researcher on Christmas day.

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If you happen to be an owner of a GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU), then the quiet release of the latest GeForce-based drivers is certainly worth a quick download.

On Saturday, the firm made the new WHQL-certified graphics drivers -- version 310.90 -- available. The release notes say that the file "adds a security update for the NVIDIA Display Driver service (nvvsvc.exe)." However, it does not mention the fact that U.K. researcher Peter Winter-Smith discovered a flaw in December which makes the display driver service vulnerable to buffer overflow and code injection attacks. In other words, the security flaw could potentially be used by a remote attacker with a domain account to gain access to a system running older drivers.

In addition to killing off the security flaw, the driver update also comes complete with a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements for some gaming titles. New 3D Vision profiles have been added, and faster performance will improve a number of PC games including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Assassin's Creed III.

The download is available at the firm's website.

Fixing the security exploit and improving the performance of gaming through the release comes alongside Nvidia's presence at 2013's Consumer Electronics Show, where the company has debuted a new Android-powered gaming console dubbed Project Shield, as wel as the Tegra 4 quad-core mobile processor.

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