USN-3122-1: NVIDIA graphics drivers vulnerabilities

3 November 2016

nvidia-graphics-drivers-304, nvidia-graphics-drivers-340, nvidia-graphics-drivers-367 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


NVIDIA graphics drivers could be made to run programs as an administrator.

Software Description

  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-304 - NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-340 - NVIDIA binary X.Org driver
  • nvidia-graphics-drivers-367 - NVIDIA binary X.Org driver


It was discovered that the NVIDIA graphics drivers incorrectly sanitized user mode inputs. A local attacker could use this issue to possibly gain root privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
nvidia-304 - 304.132-0ubuntu0.16.04.2
nvidia-304-updates - 304.132-0ubuntu0.16.04.2
nvidia-331 - 340.98-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-331-updates - 340.98-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-340 - 340.98-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-340-updates - 340.98-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-361 - 367.57-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-367 - 367.57-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-current - 304.132-0ubuntu0.16.04.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
nvidia-304 - 304.132-0ubuntu0.14.04.2
nvidia-304-updates - 304.132-0ubuntu0.14.04.2
nvidia-331 - 340.98-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-331-updates - 340.98-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-340 - 340.98-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-340-updates - 340.98-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-352 - 367.57-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-352-updates - 367.57-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-367 - 367.57-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-current - 304.132-0ubuntu0.14.04.2
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
nvidia-304 - 304.132-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-304-updates - 304.132-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-331 - 340.98-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-331-updates - 340.98-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-340 - 340.98-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-340-updates - 340.98-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-current - 304.132-0ubuntu0.12.04.1

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.