Debian :: Security Risk Of Proprietary Firmware For AMD GPU Drivers?

Jul 27, 2015

I need to build a new computer, and I'm considering buying an "AMD-oriented" motherboard, that comes with an integrated ATI Radeon GPU.But, being a big Free Software enthusiast, that likes to have completely free drivers for everything, and knowing that the "open source" Radeon driver, for ATI/AMD GPUs, uses a non-free firmware, I'm reluctant about this... Above all, because I don't know what kind of security risk I'm taking, when using a proprietary firmware.

And, having read what was recently reported about the security of proprietary firmwares, in general,URL... if the firmware component of graphics cards drivers poses any security threat?(I mean, can the firmware part of a graphics cards driver be used to do anything more than executing instructions to display graphics?)

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Debian Hardware :: Wheezy Doesn't Properly Support Proprietary Firmware For Wireless Card

Mar 17, 2015

I recently installed the XFCE spin of Debian (amd64) on my Lenovo L440. I tried installing it before, but apparently the 3.2 kernel that ships with Wheezy doesn't properly support the proprietary firmware for the wireless card, blah blah. So I wound up using Windows 8.1 for a bit, and then Fedora (boo). Anyway, with the wheezy-backports kernel (3.16.7-ckt4-3~bpo70+1) everything works like a charm. Everything, that is, apart from the sound card — the entire system is completely mute. Well, apart from the system beeper. I searched the forum and found another thread, but that guy was (for some reason) just running dwm — I figured XFCE might feature a more complete sound system. But maybe the output he gave will be useful in my case as well:

Code: Select alleirik@gerhardsen:~$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: HDMI [HDA Intel HDMI], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: HDMI [HDA Intel HDMI], device 7: HDMI 1 [HDMI 1]

I also tried running alsactl init (as root), which doesn't appear to have made any difference.

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Jan 13, 2011

Is this card supported in Squeeze by either the non-free firmware or the proprietary driver? I just got one to stick into an older box that will be going to a college girl that wants the 3D desktop in KDE. The built-in video was a joke and wouldn't even work without compositing. It was one of those crappy, non-standard pieces of crap known as a "Unichrome" (not the pro).

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Fedora Security :: Security Risk Of An Unencrypted /boot Partition?

Apr 8, 2009

During a recent install I made the leap to encryption,but /boot must remain unencrypted.Is there really any legitimate security risk to having an unencrypted /boot partition? I mean basically someone can just see what kernel you're running which they could see during boot anyways right? Oh I and keep all my financial documents in /boot/finances/ (haha ok not really, but I am serious about the first part).

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Ubuntu Security :: Is Posting The Hardware Address A Security Risk

Feb 28, 2011

When posting results from ifconfig, it shows the hardware address of etho, etc. Would you consider that to be a security risk ?

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Debian Hardware :: CPU Fan Speed Not Increasing With Proprietary ATI Drivers?

Apr 24, 2011

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Debian Hardware :: ATI Proprietary Drivers Broke Touchpad And Keyboard?

May 5, 2010

I have a big problem after i installed the ATI proprietary drivers. I expected something weird to happen when using proprietary stuff, but I did not expect them to stop my touchpad from functioning

I've been running sid on that laptop for ages and followed the guide on the Debian wiki and installed: "apt-get install linux-headers-2.6-$(uname -r | sed 's,.*-,,') fglrx-control fglrx-driver". This worked like a charm and the module got compiled OK. I then rebooted the computer (couldn't restart Xorg, the screen went black for some reason, but that's not the issue here) but when the kernel started it dumped a lot of udev errors concerning libsane. It booted up OK though, but when i tried to log in i couldn't use my keyboard or my touchpad. My external keyboard and mouse worked, but i had to disconnect them and connect them again to get them working. I suspect that the laptop keyboard and touchpad are connected by usb internally, but they are tricky to disconnect and reconnect

I then did a "apt-get remove" on all those packages installed and also an "apt-get install --reinstall" on the kernel. But I still have the same problem. I suspect that dkms did something bad, but I can't figure out what to remove or reinstall to get around this problem. I also tried to remove libsane, since udev dumped a lot of error messages, but I don't understand what the connection is there (except of course that udev is used for the keyboard and touchpad)

I also don't suspect the "unstableness" of sid to be the problem here. Rather something I haven't removed or reinstalled.

Does anyone have an idea about what I can do to revert this? I really don't want to reinstall the laptop.

Edit: Just, to sum it up. The real question here is: "How do I get rid of all the mess that ATI proprietary driver caused and installed?"

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Debian Configuration :: Proprietary Nvidia Drivers Stopped Working After Upgrade

Apr 5, 2011

My GNOME system stopped using the proprietary NVIDIA drivers after the recent dist-upgrade to v6.0.1. It was working perferctly before that.

My inxi output:
inxi -F
System: Host thirra-ws1 Kernel 2.6.32-5-686 i686 (32 bit) Distro Debian GNU/Linux squeeze/sid
CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo E7500 (SMP) cache 3072 KB flags (sse3 nx lm vmx) bmips 11703.9


When I tried to configure the screen resolution using NVIDIA X server settings, I was told to run 'nvidia-xconfig'. I ran it, restarted X but my resolution is still stuck at the maximum of 1024x768. I've tried running the above many times with the same results. I even tried aptitude reinstalling but still the same.

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Debian Installation :: Loading Missing Firmware - Failure To Detect Drivers

Aug 5, 2014

So, I am having certain issues regarding Debian installation. Since my Wi-Fi card, Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG, requires non-free drivers not provided within Debian install image, I am bound to use USB stick during installation process to get those drivers, iwlwifi-3965-1.ucode and iwlwifi-3965-2.ucode, to enable Wi-FI on my system. However, no matter what I do, I cannot get debian-installer to detect drivers present on the machine. I have tried virtually everything - downloading drivers from multiple sources, renaming drivers properly, using ext4 instal of fat32, using gpt instead of msdos, placing files in /firmware instead of root directory - but no matter what I do, the outcome is the same. USB stick seems to be working properly. Am I bound to downloading non-free image now, or is there a solution?

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Debian Hardware :: Installed The Ati Proprietary Drivers Directly From Ati Which Resulted In Horrible Performance?

Jul 7, 2011

This is my 2nd attempt at installing Debian since 5.0 several months back but I am determined to get it running this time.Install of 64bit Squeeze went well, installed the ati proprietary drivers directly from ati which resulted in horrrible performance.Uninstalled that and followed to the T. At the "aticonfig --initial" part I got the message "No supported devices detected" soI went ahead and entered the config manually. Now on normal boot I get a black screen and I can't seem to boot into Recovery mode as it hangs at Tray or ANSI.

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Ubuntu :: Security Risk To Run Apache Web Server On Laptop?

Sep 29, 2010

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop. I have an Apache web server running that I can access at ("It works! This is the default web page for this server. ...").

Are there any security risks in leaving this running? Is the web server available to anyone outside my network?

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Oct 30, 2010

I have received an email with a .csv attachment from a bank, and need to know how to view the attachment without risk. Using View>Message Source I see a large solid block of random upper and lower case characters, whereas I would expect to see some readable text mixed in. The email subject and the attachment name both contain data specific to me, but the text of the email consists largely of disclaimers with no mention of my name or any clue as to the nature of the attachment. I am using Thunderbird as my email client.

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Ubuntu Security :: Risk With Automount As Root User

Jun 20, 2011

i want to know the risk with auto mounting flash drive as a root user,if for example there is a Usb Flash drive inserted into the system and we login into root unknowingly, and this flash drive contains an autorun script which calls a new script that can place viruses in your system, since you are in the root it will not even prompt for password and if the script is fast enough you will not even see it executing.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Unable To Set Nvidia Drivers - Dual Monitor Without Proprietary Drivers?

Apr 8, 2010

I have been using ubuntu for quite a long time, and for the first time, I am now unable to set nvidia drivers to work. I have just install ubuntu 9.10 amd64 on an AMD 64 athlong X2 with a GEForce 6500 nvidia card.

The only reason I need the proprietary drivers is to use two monitors.

I am going crazy, I have tested everything I have found on the web. I have tried all the nvidia drivers version, I have tried envyng, ... but nvidia do not work!!

I am trying Xinerama with nv, but it does not work either!!!

Here is my xorg.conf file in which I have tried to use nv driver to set dual monitor. X fails to load and it says that screen 0 is deleted, that devices are found but there are no matches in the config file. Any clue?

Section "Files"
ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled"


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Ubuntu :: Install Proprietary Drivers Thats Not Through The Hardware Drivers Option On System?

May 8, 2010

I know i know, some will say "eww Proprietary Drivers" but hey, ubunt is all about having more control of the OS. Is there an easy way to install Proprietary Drivers thats not through the hardware drivers option on system?

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Ubuntu :: Changed From The Proprietary Drivers To The Regular NVidia Drivers - Startup Logo Is Displayed At A Really Low Resolution

Jul 13, 2010

I installed Xubuntu the other night (completely wiped machine) and started doing all the updates on it. After a couple of reboots, I changed from the proprietary drivers, to the regular nVidia drivers. After doing this, the startup logo is displayed at a really low resolution. Is there a simple fix to change this and use the nVidia drivers as well?

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Ubuntu Security :: Are Microsoft Office Exploits Any Risk To Libreoffice?

Jun 3, 2011

I have some questions about security

1> are the flash exploits are of any use to a Linux operating system like Ubuntu etc. ?
2>are the Microsoft office exploits any risk to libreoffice or open-office software suites?
3>are there exploits for Linux , open-office and libreoffice ?

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Ubuntu :: Can't Find Proprietary Drivers

Feb 20, 2010

I just installed Ubuntu today and when I go to Hardware Drivers it tells me that there are no proprietary drivers on this system and doesn't show any for me to activate. Oddly enough when I was running the live CD of Ubuntu I got a list of a few drivers to activate, namely the Broadcom STA Wireless Driver and the NVIDIA Accelerated Graphics Driver (version 185).

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Ubuntu :: Enabled The Proprietary ATI Drivers?

May 2, 2010

I just built a new HTPC and decided to give Ubuntu a whirl again. I downloaded and installed 10.04, and set about configuring it. Everything looked great, except my audio over HDMI didn't work. I enabled the proprietary ATI drivers, and bam! the audio works! Great. Only one problem: there's a two inch border around my TV (not there with the open source drivers), and Boxee flashes colors rather than playing videos (a known bug. It's fixed by not using the ATI proprietary drivers). So, I disabled the drivers, rebooted, and the Boxee video works, the border/gap is gone, but once again the audio doesn't work. I've been through all the sound settings, and I have everything set to the HDMI output, but still nothing. I've tried various fixes I've found through googling

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Ubuntu :: 10.04 - No Proprietary Drivers Are In Use On This System

Jun 12, 2010

I am using Ubuntu 10.04 and unable to connect to the internet. I went to System > Administration > Hardware Drivers and a window popped-up: "No proprietary drivers are in use on this system". So I selected the "NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version current) [RECOMMENDED]". But when I try to "Activate" I get this following error:
"failed to fetch [URL] temporary failure resolving '"

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Oct 3, 2010

I'm experiencing video lag in games. I'm using 10.04 lts 32 bit and the latest version of proprietary drivers. For example I play hon and so and then it freezes for a small period of time which is frustrating.

I don't understand, my specs are:

Under this specs it should run perfectly. What's the matter? Ati drivers have poor support under linux? I tried updating to 10.10 and nothing. I tried contacting customer supporot amd but they can't help me. Nice isn't it?

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Nov 24, 2010

When I run the liveCD (which I'm on right now), it shows proprietary drivers for my wireless hardware. I installed 10.04 from the liveCD onto my laptop, and after the install, it says there aren't any drivers. Is there a way I can pull the drivers from the liveCD, or should I try a reinstall?

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Jul 13, 2011

I recently bought a new PC and it has an AMD GPU. I've been using Catalyst because the open source radeon driver gave me poor performance in games (maybe by 12.04 I can use it ).I've had some updates show up recently. This brings me to wonder if I have anything at all to worry about. This is a production machine and I don't want to muck around with fixing issues brought on by my usual apt-get upgrade.Currently, I've been avoiding updating a few packages related to the Kernel and Xorg:


The following packages have been kept back:

linux-generic linux-headers-generic linux-image-generic

The following packages will be upgraded:

linux-libc-dev xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-video-radeon

3 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.I had an NVIDIA issue back on Ubuntu 8.04 after updating once, due to a kernel update. I had to revert to an older kernel and mess around a bit to fix my installation. I don't have any experience with Catalyst. Basically, I want input as to whether or not it's dangerous to update this sort of stuff. I don't want to mess around fixing issues caused by a rogue update

Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit
AMD Radeon HD 6450
Latest proprietary driver available from Jockey.

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Mar 30, 2010

I installed Ububutu, tested my graphics card performance with glxgears, installed the proprietary fglrx drivers and get the same result. I was under the impression the proprietary drivers provided superior performance, is that not true?

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Jul 20, 2011

Will the amd proprietary drivers in the repo, work with gnome 3 in Fedora 15.

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Aug 26, 2010

I'm new -and inexperienced- Suse user, I have a new laptop with an ATI 5650 graphic card. I have been using the Radeon driver with very low performance for a while. this driver was installed following the "Xorg -configure" procedure as descibed in the forum. Today I installed the newly released driver from Ati. this is what I did:

1) in /etc/X11/xorg.conf I changed "radeon" with "fglrx"
2) I run the driver downloaded from the ATI website
3) I run the command "aticonfig --initial"

I'm no longer able to start the X server (the computer boots to full console) and I have no idea how to go forward. if I give the command "startx" I get a "segmentation error" and I go back to console can somebody point me in the right direction?

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Mar 1, 2011

I've been trying to install the proprietary ATI drivers from the .run file from their site as per this link [URL]

I can follow the steps perfectly until step 16, at which I am informed that the command aticonfig is not found.

I have a Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics card.

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Mar 25, 2011

How do I install the proprietary drivers for an ASUS 901?

Im running wine and stuff that ran at full settings on my damn windows 98 computer are slow as balls. So I checked into drivers and it says I dont have any proprietary drivers installed and it didnt see any.

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Dec 11, 2010

I've tried a number of locations, that may have old proprietary ati drivers for the 9250 v/c (video card for any one who was wondering). currently using ubuntu 10.10, and from what I've read else where either my card is too old or my OS is too new. I have seen a few site (2 or 3) for old ati drivers, but they are for microsoft, not linux.

I went to the AMD web site down loaded and attempted to install the latest drive, but to no avail. I've used the software center provided by ubuntu, I have the latest drivers from them, unfortunately can't play any of the non-flash games, either using wine, plays on linux and cedega. From what I have read (and please correct me if I'm wrong) I need to install the old drivers provided by xfree86 or ati.

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