PSA: Update your Nvidia drivers now to safeguard your system

By FileTrekker 2 months ago, last updated 2 months ago

While you might think driver updates are purely about optimizing for performance in the latest game releases these days, a graphics card is a vector for security vulnerabilities, just as much as any other hardware or software running on your system. The latest Game Ready driver from Nvidia, version 551.6.1, patches eight such security holes, meaning you'll want to update as soon as possible.

While this seems to be a rare occurrence, security exploits are important to patch as soon as possible, so you'll want to make sure your drivers are up to date. You can do this through the Nvidia GeForce Experience utility, or just download the latest drivers from the Nvidia website to be on the safe side.

Three of the threats are rated "high" in severity and can be used to execute unwanted code on your system, although only two of these apply to Windows users, and one to Linux users. Three more are rated "medium" in severity. Naturally, the exact nature of the exploits and how they work are being kept under wraps.

If you're already on a driver number at or greater than 551.6.1, then you're good, but if you're on an older driver version, I'd suggest updating as soon as possible, especially if you're running on older operating systems like Windows 7. If you're on an older GPU like a 700 or 600 series GPU, you'll need to manually download a separate security patch, driver version 474.82, directly from the Nvidia website.


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