Command Injection vulnerability in git-interface@2.1.1 in yarkeev/git-interface


Reported on

Apr 16th 2022

Command Injection vulnerability in git-interface@2.1.1

git-interface describes itself as a Interface to work with a git repository in node.js


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I'm reporting an OS Command Injection vulnerability in git-interface npm package. The API may be abused if user input is able to provide a valid directory on disk and supply the destination directory to clone a repository too.

Proof of Concept exploit

Install git-interface@2.1.1 which is the latest.

Run the following code, with the following precondition, in which the /tmp/new directory needs to exist (doesn't need to be a .git initialized directory though), and so, you could provide a predictable path like say /usr/src:

const { Git } = require('git-interface');

const git = new Git({
    dir: '/tmp/new' //default path is current directory

git.clone('file:///tmp/new', '--upload-pack=echo>/tmp/pwned');

Observe a new file created: /tmp/pwned

Mitigation suggestions

Use the shell -- notation as a suffix of the supported command-line arguments (if at all), to then make sure that input passed to the git command is positional arguments rather than command-line arguments. For example: git clone -- <path> <destination> would prevent path and destination from being interpreted as command-line arguments for the git command.


Liran Tal


If both are provided by user input, then the use of a --upload-pack command-line argument feature of git is also supported for git clone, which would then allow for any operating system command to be spawned by the attacker.

We are processing your report and will contact the yarkeev/git-interface team within 24 hours. a month ago
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yarkeev validated this vulnerability a month ago
Liran Tal has been awarded the disclosure bounty
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yarkeev confirmed that a fix has been merged on f828aa a month ago
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