Phoronix: NVIDIA Fixes Linux GPU Driver Security Hole
Days after it was publicly revealed that a security vulnerability in the NVIDIA Linux driver easily yields root system access, NVIDIA has updated their proprietary graphics driver to address this problem...
@ssvb: You're totally right about the security issue, but it's possible adriankx is talking about the blue tint. That one did get fixed really, really fast. Of course it's also possible that if the security thing didn't force them to release a driver right now, we wouldn't get a blue tint fix this fast
Nvidia have known about this security vulnerability for a month without doing anything.
They were notified of this security vulnerability and totally ignored it and did absolutely nothing!
Then the guy who notified them about it, contacted David Airlie about who publically announced it and only then Nvidia decided to fix it.
How long have the driver suffered from this security vulnerability?
This could have been found by an independent security researcher years ago. This may have been used for years to attack computers.
This can be said for any vulnerability in any software, so I don't know why you're pointing it out here as something special.
Because Nvidia totally ignored the issue even when people notified them of the vulnerability.
If this was in open source driver, then it would have gotten fixed as soon as possible. When notified, there would be a fix hours later.