Nvidia releases security update for unsupported Windows 7 and 8.1 systems
Nvidia has officially ended support for Microsoft’s Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems in 2021. The company has announced that it will release critical security updates for unsupported systems until September 2024.
Nvidia this week released GeForce security update drivers for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. The release has version 473.81 and only includes security-related changes, but no feature additions or improvements regarding games or other apps.
The company notes in the release notes:
NVIDIA has released a software security update display driver for GeForce GPUs for use with Windows 7/8.x, which are no longer supported by Game Ready drivers
Starting October 2021, Game Ready driver upgrades, including performance enhancements, new features, and bug fixes, are exclusively available for systems using Windows 10 and Windows 11 as the operating system.
The security bulletin is available here. It lists GPU display driver and VGPU software security issues that Nivida fixed in the update. The severity level of the bulletin is high.
The following CVE identifiers are used: CVE-2022-31606, CVE-2022-31607, CVE-2022-31608, CVE-2022-31610, CVE-2022-31617, CVE-2022-31612, CVE-2022-31613, CVE -2022-31609, CVE-2022-31614, CVE-2022-31618, CVE-2022-34665, CVE-2022-31616, CVE-2022-31615
Information about each of the individual vulnerabilities can be found in the security bulletin. Top-rated vulnerabilities can lead to denial of service, information disclosure, elevation of privilege, or data tampering when successfully exploited.
Windows users running Windows 7 or 8/8.1 systems with Nvidia video cards should install the latest display driver for the system to fix the vulnerabilities and protect their devices from potential attacks that target the vulnerabilities.
The GeForce security update driver is available from Nvidia’s driver download website. Just click on this link to open the download page and activate the “download” button to start the download. The installer will replace the existing driver with the updated version.
Now you: What video cards are installed in your systems? Do you update them regularly?