Hollywood NVIDIA farms may be open to owning

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Flawed Mental Ray also used by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and BMW.

Attackers could hijack masses of compute power used in high end movie production and manufacturing via a still active security flaw in a popular NVIDIA application.

The Mental Ray rendering application was used in the production of movies including the Hulk, the Harry Potter, the Matrix series and Star Wars Episode II. It enabled movie studios to operate powerful render farms to produce images in computer-animated films.

NVIDIA says on its website about half of its Mental Ray customers used the platform for Computer Aided Design including BMW, Honda, Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and "many other Fortune 100 industrial companies".

An unpatched vulnerability affecting the latest version of Mental Ray allowed an attacker with prior access to a connected machine to gain control over a render farm by injecting a malicious remote library, vulnerability firm Revuln found.

"One of the possible scenarios to exploit this computational power is to reuse such farms to perform password cracking" or Bitcoin mining, researchers Luigi Auriemma and Donato Ferrante wrote in a brief paper. (pdf)

"As a side note, we noticed that the service spawns a new process for each new confection, which means that an attacker has potentially infinite chances to achieve a successful exploitation."

 
Auriemma told SC he thought it unlikely that movie studios would air-gap the render farms.
NVIDIA  said it was investigating the claims.
 
“We’re grateful to have this matter brought to our attention and are reviewing it carefully to determine what action to take," a spokesman told SC.
 
Revuln did not inform NVIDIA under its consistent practise of full disclosure.

Copyright © SC Magazine, Australia


Hollywood NVIDIA farms may be open to owning
 
 
 
Top Stories
Earning the right to innovate
Breaking down the barriers to innovation is a long, but rewarding process, says Bank of Queensland Group CIO, Julie Bale.
 
A call for timely reporting
[Blog post] Businesses need incentives to keep customer data secure.
 
Doubts cast on Queensland's ICT Dashboard
Opposition, former Govt CIO say it can't be trusted.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  26%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  29%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  23%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  5%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 830

Vote