USN-3173-1: NVIDIA graphics drivers vulnerability

18 January 2017

nvidia-graphics-drivers-304 and nvidia-graphics-drivers-340 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


NVIDIA graphics drivers could be made to crash under certain conditions.

Software Description

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


It was discovered that the NVIDIA graphics drivers contained a flaw in the kernel mode layer. A local attacker could use this issue to cause a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.10
nvidia-304 - 304.134-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
nvidia-304-updates - 304.134-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
nvidia-331 - 340.101-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
nvidia-331-updates - 340.101-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
nvidia-340 - 340.101-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
nvidia-340-updates - 340.101-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
nvidia-current - 304.134-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
nvidia-304 - 304.134-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-304-updates - 304.134-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-331 - 340.101-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-331-updates - 340.101-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-340 - 340.101-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-340-updates - 340.101-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
nvidia-current - 304.134-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
nvidia-304 - 304.134-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-304-updates - 304.134-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-331 - 340.101-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-331-updates - 340.101-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-340 - 340.101-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-340-updates - 340.101-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
nvidia-current - 304.134-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
nvidia-304 - 304.134-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-304-updates - 304.134-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-331 - 340.101-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-331-updates - 340.101-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-340 - 340.101-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-340-updates - 340.101-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
nvidia-current - 304.134-0ubuntu0.12.04.1

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.