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Shared repositories no longer securable against privilege escalation




Git has started requiring write access to the root of bare repositories
in order to create /HEAD.lock. This is a major security problem in
shared environments as it also entails control over the /config link
i.e. core.hooksPath. Permission to write objects and update refs should
be entirely separate from permission to edit hook execution logic.

Given that /HEAD is not dynamically modified in the normal lifetimes of
bare repositories, /HEAD.lock creation failure should probably be, at
worst, an ignorable soft failure. Alternatively, some form of stale
lockfile handling (currently there is none) could be made to work with
a writable HEAD.lock in a read-only bare repository.

Obigatory HEAD.lock creation was introduced in the following commit:

commit 92b1551b1d407065f961ffd1d972481063a0edcc
Author: Michael Haggerty <mhagger@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date:   Mon Apr 25 15:56:07 2016 +0200

    refs: resolve symbolic refs first

Test case:

root@richardiv:~# GIT_DIR=/tmp/test.git git init --bare --shared=group
Initialized empty shared Git repository in /tmp/test.git/
root@richardiv:~# cd /tmp/test.git
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# touch git-daemon-export-ok packed-refs
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# mkdir -p info logs branches
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# find refs info branches objects logs          -type d -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 2775
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# find refs info branches logs HEAD packed-refs -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 0664
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# find objects                                  -type f -print0 | xargs -0 --no-run-if-empty chmod 0644
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# find refs info branches objects logs HEAD packed-refs -print0 | xargs -0 chgrp git-test
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# chown root.root . config description git-daemon-export-ok hooks
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# chmod 0644 config description git-daemon-export-ok
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# chmod 00755 . hooks
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# sudo -i -u user1
user1@richardiv:~$ git clone /tmp/test.git
Cloning into 'test'...
warning: You appear to have cloned an empty repository.
done.
user1@richardiv:~$ cd test
user1@richardiv:~/test$ touch test
user1@richardiv:~/test$ git add test
user1@richardiv:~/test$ git commit -m test test
[master (root-commit) ff21d72] test
 1 file changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 test
user1@richardiv:~/test$ git push
Counting objects: 3, done.
Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 206 bytes | 0 bytes/s, done.
Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
remote: error: cannot lock ref 'HEAD': Unable to create '/tmp/test.git/HEAD.lock': Permission denied
To /tmp/test.git
 ! [remote rejected] master -> master (failed to update ref)
error: failed to push some refs to '/tmp/test.git'
user1@richardiv:~/test$ logout
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# chgrp git-test .
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# chmod 2775 .
root@richardiv:/tmp/test.git# sudo -s -u user1
user1@richardiv:/tmp/test.git$ mv config config-old
user1@richardiv:/tmp/test.git$ touch config # POWER ALMIGHTY
user1@richardiv:/tmp/test.git$

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