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From: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
To: "brian m. carlson" <sandals@crustytoothpaste.net>
Cc: Justin Steven <justin@justinsteven.com>,
	Glen Choo <chooglen@google.com>,
	git@vger.kernel.org, Emily Shaffer <emilyshaffer@google.com>,
	Taylor Blau <me@ttaylorr.com>
Subject: Re: Bare repositories in the working tree are a security risk
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2022 17:03:57 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <xmqqfsmg4jki.fsf@gitster.g> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <xmqqmtgwp1aq.fsf@gitster.g> (Junio C. Hamano's message of "Thu, 07 Apr 2022 22:54:53 -0700")

Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com> writes:

> I am not sure if "walking the hierarchy up" is an effective enough
> defence offhand.  Do we consider it too much social engineering to
> make the user follow cloning instruction of the malicious project to
> prepare a repository, with core.worktree set to elsewhere, and pull
> into it?  Since walking up from any subdirectory of the directory
> the core.worktree points at will never see a directory, with ".git/"
> subdirectory that is the malicious project, "git status" run in the
> "embedded" place in such a scenario will not notice that it is a
> repository lookalike that came from outside.  But we can write it
> off as an approach needing too much  social engineering, that's OK.

In other words, an attacker could lead the victim to clone their
malicious repository at path $R with core.worktree in its
configuration file $R/config pointing at some directory $D that is
entirely unrelated to $R.  In a subdirectory of $D (i.e. the working
tree of that malicious repository) there may be a directory $G with
HEAD, refs and config in it.

When the victim visits such a directory $G, going up from there to
the root of the filesystem would not find any directory with ".git/"
subdirectory in it, so your protection may not even notice that $G
came from a checkout of $R.

  reply	other threads:[~2022-04-14  0:04 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 50+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-04-06 22:43 Glen Choo
2022-04-06 23:22 ` [PATCH] fsck: detect bare repos in trees and warn Glen Choo
2022-04-07 12:42   ` Johannes Schindelin
2022-04-07 13:21     ` Derrick Stolee
2022-04-07 14:14       ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-04-14 20:02         ` Glen Choo
2022-04-15 12:46           ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-04-07 15:11       ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-13 22:24       ` Glen Choo
2022-04-07 13:12   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2022-04-07 15:20   ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-07 18:38 ` Bare repositories in the working tree are a security risk John Cai
2022-04-07 21:24 ` brian m. carlson
2022-04-07 21:53   ` Justin Steven
2022-04-07 22:10     ` brian m. carlson
2022-04-07 22:40       ` rsbecker
2022-04-08  5:54       ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-14  0:03         ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2022-04-14  0:04         ` Glen Choo
2022-04-13 23:44       ` Glen Choo
2022-04-13 20:37 ` Glen Choo
2022-04-13 23:36   ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-14 16:41     ` Glen Choo
2022-04-14 17:35       ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-14 18:19         ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-15 21:33         ` Glen Choo
2022-04-15 22:17           ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-16  0:52             ` Taylor Blau
2022-04-15 22:43           ` Glen Choo
2022-04-15 20:13       ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-15 23:45         ` Glen Choo
2022-04-15 23:59           ` Glen Choo
2022-04-16  1:00           ` Taylor Blau
2022-04-16  1:18             ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-16  1:30               ` Taylor Blau
2022-04-16  0:34 ` Glen Choo
2022-04-16  0:41 ` Glen Choo
2022-04-16  1:28   ` Taylor Blau
2022-04-21 18:25     ` Emily Shaffer
2022-04-21 18:29       ` Emily Shaffer
2022-04-21 18:47         ` Junio C Hamano
2022-04-21 18:54           ` Taylor Blau
2022-04-21 19:09       ` Taylor Blau
2022-04-21 21:01         ` Emily Shaffer
2022-04-21 21:22           ` Taylor Blau
2022-04-29 23:57     ` Glen Choo
2022-04-30  1:14       ` Taylor Blau
2022-05-02 19:39         ` Glen Choo
2022-05-02 14:05       ` Philip Oakley
2022-05-02 18:50         ` Junio C Hamano

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