Gary W. Longsine writes "Security Focus describes device drivers as an untapped source of buffer overflows, posing substantial risk not typically considered as part of a standard risk assessment. The security risks of device drivers on both Windows and Linux, including network (remotely exploitable) and hardware drivers (typically only locally exploitable) are discussed in the article. I've noticed that software you wouldn't expect sometimes installs a device driver component. I can understand this as a component of an antivirus or host based firewall, but it seems to be an oddly common design pattern on Windows, which clearly poses substantial risk."
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