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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:26 pm    Post subject: [ GLSA 200903-15 ] git: Multiple vulnerabilties Reply with quote

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Title: git: Multiple vulnerabilties (GLSA 200903-15)
Severity: high
Exploitable: remote
Date: March 09, 2009
Bug(s): #251343
ID: 200903-15


Multiple vulnerabilities in gitweb allow for remote execution of arbitrary


GIT - the stupid content tracker, the revision control system used by
the Linux kernel team.

Affected Packages

Package: dev-util/git
Vulnerable: <
Unaffected: >=
Architectures: All supported architectures


Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in gitweb that is part of
the git package:

  • Shell metacharacters related to git_search are not properly sanitized

  • Shell metacharacters related to git_snapshot and git_object are not
    properly sanitized (CVE-2008-5517).

  • The diff.external configuration variable as set in a repository can be
    executed by gitweb (CVE-2008-5916).


A remote unauthenticated attacker can execute arbitrary commands via
shell metacharacters in a query, remote attackers with write access to
a git repository configuration can execute arbitrary commands with the
privileges of the user running gitweb by modifying the diff.external
configuration variable in the repository and sending a crafted query to


There is no known workaround at this time.


All git users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-util/git-"



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