Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU display driver contains multiple vulnerabilities in the kernel mode layer handler

Answer ID 4525
Updated 09/25/2017 11:47 AM

NVIDIA GPU display driver vulnerabilities may lead to denial of service or possible escalation of privileges

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Vulnerability Details

The following sections summarize the vulnerabilities and CVSS risk assessments.

CVE-2017-6251

NVIDIA Windows GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the kernel mode layer handler where a missing permissions check may allow users to gain access to arbitrary physical system memory, which may lead to an escalation of privileges.

CVSS Base Score 8.8
CVSS Temporal Score 7.7
CVSS Vector CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:X

CVE-2017-6252

NVIDIA Windows GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the kernel mode layer handler where a NULL pointer dereference may lead to a denial of service or potential escalation of privileges.

CVSS Base Score: 8.8
CVSS Temporal Score: 7.9
CVSS Vector CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

CVE-2017-6253

NVIDIA Windows GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the kernel mode layer (nvlddmkm.sys) handler for DxgkDdiEscape where the size of an input buffer is not validated, which may lead to a denial of service or potential escalation of privileges.

CVSS Base Score 8.8
CVSS Temporal Score 7.9
CVSS Vector CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

CVE-2017-6254

NVIDIA Windows GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the kernel mode layer (nvlddmkm.sys) handler for DxgkDdiEscape where a pointer passed from a user to the driver is used without validation, which may lead to a denial of service or potential escalation of privileges.

CVSS Base Score: 8.8
CVSS Temporal Score: 7.9
CVSS Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

CVE-2017-6255

NVIDIA Windows GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the kernel mode layer (nvlddmkm.sys) handler for DxgkDdiEscape where improper input parameter handling may lead to a denial of service or potential escalation of privileges.

CVSS Base Score 8.8
CVSS Temporal Score 7.9
CVSS Vector CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

CVE-2017-6256

NVIDIA Windows GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the kernel mode layer (nvlddmkm.sys) handler for DxgkDdiEscape where a value passed from a user to the driver is not correctly validated and used as the index to an array, which may lead to a denial of service or potential escalation of privileges.

CVSS Base Score 8.8
CVSS Temporal Score 7.9
CVSS Vector CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

CVE-2017-6257

NVIDIA GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the kernel mode layer handler where a NULL pointer dereference may lead to denial of service or potential escalation of privileges.

CVSS Base Score 8.8
CVSS Temporal Score 7.9
CVSS Vector CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

CVE-2017-6259

NVIDIA GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the kernel mode layer handler where an incorrect detection and recovery from an invalid state produced by specific user actions may lead to a denial of service.

CVSS Base Score: 6.1
CVSS Temporal Score: 5.5
CVSS Vector CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

CVE-2017-6260

NVIDIA Windows GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the kernel mode layer helper function where an incorrect calculation of string length may lead to denial of service.

CVSS Base Score: 5.6
CVSS Temporal Score: 5.1
CVSS Vector CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

NVIDIA’s risk assessment is based on an average of risk across a diverse set of installed systems and may not represent the true risk of your local installation. NVIDIA recommends consulting a security or IT professional to evaluate the risk of your specific configuration. NVIDIA doesn’t know of any exploits to these issues at this time.

Affected Products

CVE Product OS
CVE-2017-6251
CVE-2017-6252
CVE-2017-6253
CVE-2017-6254
CVE-2017-6255
CVE-2017-6256
CVE-2017-6260
GeForce
NVS
Quadro
Tesla
GRID
Windows
CVE-2017-6257 GeForce
NVS
Quadro
Tesla
GRID
Windows
Linux
FreeBSD
Solaris
CVE-2017-6259 GeForce
NVS
Quadro
Tesla
GRID
Linux
FreeBSD
Solaris

Fixes

Download GPU fixes from the NVIDIA Driver Downloads page.

If you are an Enterprise Service customer using NVIDIA GRID, visit the NVIDIA Licensing Center to obtain NVIDIA GRID fixes.

Windows

Product Product Series OS Branch First version that includes the fix
GeForce All Windows R384 384.94 includes GFE 3.7.0.81
Quadro, NVS All Windows R384 385.08
R375 377.55
Tesla All Windows R384 385.08
R375 377.55
GRID GRID Series Windows R367 GRID Software 4.4
370.16

Linux

Product Product Series OS Branch First version that includes the fix
GeForce All Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris R384 384.59
R375 375.82
Quadro, NVS All Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris R384 384.59
R375 375.82
Tesla All Linux R384 384.59
R375 375.74
GRID GRID Series GRID vGPU Linux, Citrix XenServer, and VMware vSphere R367 GRID Software 4.4
367.122

Note:

  • If you are using GFE, install the latest GFE drivers. GFE security bulletins are available from the NVIDIA Product Security page.
  • If you are using earlier driver branches of the affected products, upgrade to a supported driver branch that contains the fix as listed in tables for Windows and Linux.

Mitigations

None.

Acknowledgements

CVE-2017-6259: NVIDIA was informed of this issue by Andrei Lascu and Alastair Donaldson of the Multicore Programming Group at Imperial College London.

CVE-2017-6256: NVIDIA was informed of this issue by Enrique Nissim of IOActive.

Revision History

Revision Date Description
4.0 September 25, 2017 Added information about affected NVIDIA GRID products and updated the acknowledgements
3.0 July 31, 2017 Added version information for NVS, Quadro, and Tesla products in the tables listing available fixes
2.0 July 24, 2017 Updated version information for Tesla products in the tables listing available fixes
1.0 July 24, 2017 Initial release

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know what driver version I have installed?

  1. Launch Windows Device Manager.
  2. Select Display Adapters.
  3. Select the NVIDIA GPU node and right-click.
  4. Go to the Driver tab.

The driver version can be deciphered as shown in the following examples: 10.18.13.6472 is 364.72 and 10.18.13.472 is 304.72

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