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NVIDIA graphics bug can allow hackers access to a linux system

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  1. zekrahminator

    zekrahminator McLovin

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    Everyone has heard that linux and Mac almost never get viruses, and are nearly invulnerable to hackers. Anyone running FreeBSD, Solaris, and other linux distribution copies with NVIDIA graphics cards are alot more likely to get hacked. A buffer overflow bug in Nvidia Driver For Linux v8774 and v8762 allows a hacker to replace critical operating system files. This can allow a hacker remote or direct access to the system. NVIDIA has a two solutions to this problem. Before NVIDIA has a main patch, they reccomend that everyone running the flawed drivers switch to the open source versions, which are not affected. The open source drivers lack support for hardware acceleration, however. NVIDIA also has a beta driver here for anyone affected.

    Source: The Register
     
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    The reason Windows is targeted so much is that there are 100 million PCs running Windows and 1/10 at the most running OSX/Linux. Makes more sense to target Windows so you can get ALOT of PC's infected instead of trying to get a handful of Linux/OSX PC's infected.
     
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    Any OS can be hacked, it's a bit like demand and supply... if there is a high supply of computers to be hacked, more hackers will hack it! As there aren't as many linux users there are less hackers for it, so less vulnerabilities are exposed. Therefore anyone who says they are nearly invulnerable is treading on thin ice.
     
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    PVTCaboose1337 Graphical Hacker

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    Cool, I run linux and those drivers... let the war begin!
     

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