USN-2470-1: Git vulnerability

14 January 2015

git vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 14.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Git could be made to run programs as your login if it received specially crafted changes from a remote repository.

Software Description

  • git - fast, scalable, distributed revision control system


Matt Mackall and Augie Fackler discovered that Git incorrectly handled certain filesystem paths. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code if the Git tree is stored in an HFS+ or NTFS filesystem. The remote attacker would need write access to a Git repository that the victim pulls from.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 14.10
git - 1:2.1.0-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
git - 1:1.9.1-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
git - 1:

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to set the core.protectHFS and/or core.protectNTFS Git configuration variables to “true” if you store Git trees in HFS+ and/or NTFS filesystems. If you host Git trees, setting the core.protectHFS, core.protectNTFS, and receive.fsckObjects Git configuration variables to “true” will cause your Git server to reject objects containing malicious paths intended to overwrite the Git metadata.