Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Aug 2007 20:46 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Privacy, Security, Encryption An unpatched flaw in an ATI driver was at the center of the mysterious Purple Pill proof-of-concept tool that exposed a way to maliciously tamper with the Vista kernel. Purple Pill, a utility released by Alex Ionescu [yes, that Ionescu] and yanked an hour later after the kernel developer realized that the ATI driver flaw was not yet patched, provided an easy way to load unsigned drivers onto Vista - effectively defeating the new anti-rootkit/anti-DRM mechanism built into Microsoft's newest operating system.
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If Windows drivers are that bad...
by rjamorim on Fri 10th Aug 2007 23:20 UTC
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Since ATI's drivers are so buggy (and supposedly Nvidia's too), I wonder about the dangers of installing their drivers on Linux machines, considering they run on kernel land.

Come to think of it, I suppose the Linux versions are even more dangerous, since I guess the developers pay more attention to stability and security on Windows drivers (by far their largest market) than Linux ones.

It's a good thing most servers running linux are powered by slower graphics cards (they are servers, after all) or are simply headless, otherwise, I suppose people would have started exploiting those flawed drivers ages ago.

Edit: clarity

Edited 2007-08-10 23:23

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