USN-2438-1: NVIDIA graphics drivers vulnerabilities

10 December 2014

nvidia-graphics-drivers-304, nvidia-graphics-drivers-304-updates, nvidia-graphics-drivers-331, nvidia-graphics-drivers-331-updates vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 14.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in the NVIDIA graphics drivers.

Software Description

  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-304 - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-304-updates - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-331 - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-331-updates - NVIDIA binary Xorg driver


It was discovered that the NVIDIA graphics drivers incorrectly handled GLX indirect rendering support. An attacker able to connect to an X server, either locally or remotely, could use these issues to cause the X server to crash or execute arbitrary code resulting in possible privilege escalation.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 14.10
nvidia-304 - 304.125-0ubuntu0.1
nvidia-304-updates - 304.125-0ubuntu0.1
nvidia-331 - 331.113-0ubuntu0.1
nvidia-331-updates - 331.113-0ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
nvidia-304 - 304.125-0ubuntu0.0.1
nvidia-304-updates - 304.125-0ubuntu0.0.1
nvidia-331 - 331.113-0ubuntu0.0.4
nvidia-331-updates - 331.113-0ubuntu0.0.4
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
nvidia-304 - 304.125-0ubuntu0.0.0.1
nvidia-304-updates - 304.125-0ubuntu0.0.0.1
nvidia-331 - 331.113-0ubuntu0.0.0.3
nvidia-331-updates - 331.113-0ubuntu0.0.0.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.