Bug 458146 - (CVE-2008-3546) CVE-2008-3546 git: Pathname Processing Multiple Buffer Overflows
CVE-2008-3546 git: Pathname Processing Multiple Buffer Overflows
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Reported: 2008-08-06 13:24 EDT by Tomas Hoger
Modified: 2013-01-10 05:25 EST (History)
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Description Tomas Hoger 2008-08-06 13:24:06 EDT
Secunia reports:

Some vulnerabilities have been reported in GIT, which can potentially be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.

The vulnerabilities are caused due to boundary errors in various functions when processing overly long repository pathnames. These can be exploited to cause stack-based buffer overflows by tricking a user into running e.g. "git-diff" or "git-grep" against a repository containing pathnames that are larger than the "PATH_MAX" value on the user's system.

Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.

The vulnerabilities are reported in version Prior versions may also be affected.

Solution: Update to version

Upstream patch:

Comment 1 Tomas Hoger 2008-08-07 03:00:47 EDT
Looking at the patch, problem that was addressed was:

  char concatpath[PATH_MAX];

  sprintf(concatpath, "%s%s", base, path);

However, this overflow is caught by FORTIFY_SOURCE.  RPMs are compiled with -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and later.  So on all current Fedora versions and EPEL5, overflow is detected before it happens and command execution is terminated.   EPEL4 does not seem to use FORTIFY_SOURCE by default, so this can only be a concern there.

On Fedora, this is only DoS, but I don't think such DoS needs to be treated as security sensitive.
Comment 3 Tomas Hoger 2008-08-08 02:53:56 EDT
CVE id CVE-2008-3546 was assigned to this issue:

Stack-based buffer overflow in the (1) diff_addremove and (2)
diff_change functions in GIT before might allow local users to
execute arbitrary code via a PATH whose length is larger than the
system's PATH_MAX when running GIT utilities such as git-diff or
Comment 4 Tomas Hoger 2008-08-13 12:46:32 EDT
Nico Golde pointed out two more related changesets:

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2008-10-22 08:51:51 EDT
git- has been submitted as an update for Fedora 9.
Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2008-10-23 12:40:30 EDT
git- has been pushed to the Fedora 9 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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