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Nvidia 461.09 WHQL driver has security updates and bug fixes




2021's first driver update of Nvidia is here, but sadly it isn't carrying anything special. Nvidia is focused on delivering security updates and bug fixes in the new WHQL-certified 461.09 Game Ready driver, and lacks any game optimizations.


Although Nvidia refers to its latest Security Bulletin for the details on the security updates, it doesn't look like the relevant page has been made available yet as of publishing this article. There are a handful of bug fixes included in this release, find them below:

  • [GeForce Experience]: The FPS counter is activated and the overlay appears on Windows Mail and Calendar applications.[200682565]
  • [GeForce GTX 750 Ti]: Blue-screen crash (UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP) may occur. [3196164]
  • [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti]: The desktop screen may flicker. [3200599]
  • [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti]: The system may freeze with the screen displaying as solid color. [3203038]
  • [HDR]: With HDR enabled, black levels are incorrect, notably on LG OLED TVs. [200682795/ 3201305]
  • [Notebook][Lenovo Y740]: The notebook displays corruption after waking from sleep. [3178279]
  • Blue-screen crash (0x116) may occur upon resuming from sleep mode when three 4k monitors are connected. [3054239/3195884]

The open issues list has grown since last time:

  • [X4: Foundations][Vulkan]: The game may crash on GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs. [3220107]
  • [X4: Foundations][Vulkan]: HUD in the game is broken. [3169099]
  • [Batman Arkham Knight]: The game crashes when turbulence smoke is enabled. [3202250]
  • [Detroit: Become Human]: The game randomly crashes. [3203114]
  • [Steam VR game]: Stuttering and lagging occur upon launching a game. [3152190]
  • [G-SYNC][NVIDIA Ampere/Turing GPU architecture]: GPU power consumption may increase in idle mode on systems using certain higher refresh-rate G-SYNC monitors. [200667566]
  • [YouTube]: Video playback stutters while scrolling down the YouTube page. [3129705]
  • [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly drop to 60Hz during gameplay. [3009452]
  • [G-Sync][Vulkan Apps]: Performance drop occurs when using G-SYNC and switching from full-screen mode to windowed mode using the in-game settings. [200681477]
  • To workaround, either launch the game in windowed mode directly or disable G-SYNC.
  • [GeForce RTX 3070][Clone Mode]: When the resolution is set to 2560x1440 @ 144Hz, the performance state is stuck at maximum performance. [200678414]
  • [NVIDIA Turing or later][Windows Movies and TV Player]: When playing a 4k video in fullscreen mode on a 2560x1440 HDR monitor, the video extends beyond the edge of the screen. [3186830]

The 461.09 WHQL-certified Game Ready driver is now available through the GeForce Experience app and the links listed below. The official release notes are here.


Desktop GPUs:
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 10 – Standard DCH


Notebook GPUs:
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 10 - Standard DCH



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Nvidia's latest security update resolves a variety of security issues for Windows, Linux, and Nvidia's Virtual GPU software.


It can be downloaded and applied now, according to TechRadar, Left unresolved, these issues could allow bad actors to pull off denial of service attacks, allow data tampering, or even make software unusable thanks to escalated privileges. All of these exploits do require user access to exploit, but these fixes will prevent that.


Nvidia compiled a full list of potential issues in its latest security bulletin.


The patch, which can be downloaded via Nvidia's official drivers page, resolves six different display driver vulnerabilities as well as 10 plaguing vGPU software. All issues with display drivers and software have been patched, except for three, which will continue to plague Linux GPU Display Driver for Tesla GPU users. There's an updated driver pending for the end of January.


Without manual patches, Windows users will still receive automatic security updates with GPU display driver versions 460.84, 457.49, and 452.66. For Nvidia vGPU users, updates can be accessed via the Nvidia Enterprise Application Hub. It's a good idea to go manually apply the patch and save yourself any potential headaches before the automated rollout.



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