A hot potato: Graphics driver updates from GPU hardware manufacturers are generally greeted with a good deal of enthusiasm and skepticism. Some users are looking forward to the potential game and app support, functionality, or pure FPS that a new package can provide. Others are hesitant to make the leap for fear the launch could cause more problems than it solves. The latest security bulletins from AMD have demonstrated the importance of keeping your Radeon drivers up to date to support your security posture and graphics capabilities.
The Latest Batch of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) released by Team Red covers 27 controller-level security findings, including 18 high-severity vulnerabilities. Unintentional privilege escalation, DLL hijacking, and arbitrary code execution are among the problems caused by security holes. Malicious actors taking advantage of these vulnerabilities can cause user impacts ranging from compromised information to total data loss.
Fortunately for AMD Radeon users, many of these issues have been managed for the latest controller releases from the company. Starting with the Radeon 20.7.1 and Radeon 21.Q1 Enterprise driver packages, AMD has successfully mitigated most of these security issues, including 18 high severity CVEs. These releases and their ability to fix associated security issues present an excellent case for end users to review and consider driver updates based on more than just efficient data and image processing by their GPUs.
Recently discovered security vulnerabilities are not limited to AMD’s Radeon product line. Register Highlight More than 70 vulnerabilities spanning all generations of Intel’s EPYC and Wi-Fi processors, SSDs, and processors, including the Pentium, Celeron, Atom, and Xeon product lines.
Security issues were discovered and reported by various researchers and organizations, including vulnerability expert Ori Nimron, developer of cybersecurity products. CyberArk Labsand several others. According to AMD bulletins, any AMD GPU user running Radeon Software version 21.4.1, Radeon Pro Software version 21.Q2 Enterprise driver, or higher, must be up-to-date and protected from reported vulnerabilities.