Nvidia releases emergency patch for GeForce Experience – make sure you download it now

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Nvidia has released a security update for its GeForce Experience app, which should patch a severe vulnerability that was recently discovered.

The flaw allowed malicious attackers to launch a denial of service (DoS) state on the host PC, or escalate privileges on vulnerable PCs – potentially giving them control over the PC.

While this security vulnerability needs the attacker to have physical access to the PC (rather than being able to attack the PC remotely over the internet), it was considered a big enough threat by Nivida to patch the issue as soon as possible.

Also, as Bleeping Computer reports (opens in new tab), the vulnerability could be abused using malicious tools that can be installed remotely on vulnerable systems, effectively giving attackers local control.

Worst of all, attacks that use the vulnerability are apparently of low complexity, only need low privileges, and need no user interaction, according to Nvidia.

Install the update now

Anyone running Nvidia GeForce Experience, the app by Nvidia for updating graphics drivers and tweaking game graphical settings, with a version earlier than 3.20.2 should make sure they update to the latest version right now.

To do so, head over to the GeForce Experience Downloads page (opens in new tab) and click ‘Download’.

Unfortunately for Nvidia, this isn’t the first time its GeForce Experience app has been found to contain security vulnerabilities, with high severity flaws found in May and November 2019.

GeForce Experience isn’t too popular among PC gamers as it is, so many will not be pleased to find that it has once again made their PCs vulnerable to attacks.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.