Nvidia issued a security bulletin – where the software puts up information about security updates – on Tuesday detailing updates it made to its driver software to address the “Meltdown” CPU vulnerability revealed by Google’s Project Zero. The bulletin was misinterpreted by some outlets as an admission that Nvidia’s GPUs were also affected.
“Our GPUs are immune, they’re not affected by these security issues,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang confirmed during a general press Q&A. “What we did is we released driver updates to patch the CPU security vulnerability. We are patching the CPU vulnerability the same way that Amazon, the same way that SAP, the same way that Microsoft, etc are patching, because we have software as well.”
Huang explained that anyone running any kind of software has to patch that software for the CPU vulnerabilities as discovered by researchers. He stressed that in no way is Nvidia patching for any issues in its own hardware.
“I am absolutely certain that our GPU is not affected,” Huang said, confidently.
Nvidia also updated its security bulletin to make clear that its own hardware products are not affected by the disclosed vulnerabilities, to the best of their knowledge at the moment.
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