Mental Ray farms, with arrays of Quadro cards, are used in other industries as well, by the likes of Honda, Airbus, BMW, Boeing and others. The latest incarnation of Mental Ray has an unpatched vulnerability that allows attackers to seize control of render farms by injecting a malicious remote library, SC Magazine reports.
In theory it could be possible to harness the immense parallel computing power of such farms for password cracking or cryptocurrency mining, although Radeons tend to be better when it comes to mining.
The vulnerability was identified by security firm Revuln. Nvidia is investigating the claims.