NVIDIA Windows GPU Display Driver (January 2021)

high Nessus Plugin ID 145035
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The NVIDIA GPU display driver software on the remote Windows host is missing a vendor-supplied patch.


A display driver installed on the remote Windows host is affected by multiple vulnerabilities:

- NVIDIA GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the NVIDIA Control Panel component, in which an attacker with local system access can corrupt a system file, which may lead to denial of service or escalation of privileges (CVE-2020-5962).

- NVIDIA CUDA Driver contains a vulnerability in the Inter Process Communication APIs, in which improper access control may lead to code execution, denial of service, or information disclosure (CVE-2020-5963).

- NVIDIA GPU Display Driver contains a vulnerability in the service host component, in which the application resources integrity check may be missed. Such an attack may lead to code execution, denial of service or information disclosure (CVE-2020-5964).
Note that Nessus has not attempted to exploit these issues but has instead relied only on the driver's self-reported version number.


Upgrade the NVIDIA graphics driver in accordance with the vendor advisory.

See Also


Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 145035

File Name: nvidia_win_2021_01.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 1/15/2021

Updated: 8/11/2021

Dependencies: wmi_enum_display_drivers.nbin

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-1052


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.3


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:nvidia:gpu_driver

Required KB Items: WMI/DisplayDrivers/NVIDIA, Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/7/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/7/2021

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-1051, CVE-2021-1052, CVE-2021-1053, CVE-2021-1054, CVE-2021-1055

IAVB: 2021-B-0005