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Re: [RFC PATCH] list-objects-filter: disable 'sparse:path' filters

On 5/24/2019 8:03 AM, Christian Couder wrote:
If someone wants to use as a filter a sparse file that is in the
repository, something like "--filter=sparse:oid=<ref>:<path>"
already works.

So 'sparse:path' is only interesting if the sparse file is not in
the repository. In this case though the current implementation has
a big security issue, as it makes it possible to ask the server to
read any file, like for example /etc/password, and to explore the
filesystem, as well as individual lines of files.

If someone is interested in using a sparse file that is not in the
repository as a filter, then at the minimum a config option, such
as "uploadpack.sparsePathFilter", should be implemented first to
restrict the directory from which the files specified by
'sparse:path' can be read.

For now though, let's just disable 'sparse:path' filters.
  list-objects-filter-options.c |  9 ++++++---
  list-objects-filter-options.h |  2 --
  list-objects-filter.c         | 22 ----------------------
  3 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 27 deletions(-)

diff --git a/list-objects-filter-options.c b/list-objects-filter-options.c
index c0036f7378..007c104b93 100644
--- a/list-objects-filter-options.c
+++ b/list-objects-filter-options.c
@@ -78,9 +78,12 @@ static int gently_parse_list_objects_filter(
  		return 0;
} else if (skip_prefix(arg, "sparse:path=", &v0)) {
-		filter_options->choice = LOFC_SPARSE_PATH;
-		filter_options->sparse_path_value = strdup(v0);
-		return 0;
+		if (errbuf) {
+			strbuf_addstr(
+				errbuf,
+				_("sparse:path filters are now disabled"));
+		}
+		return 1;
  	 * Please update _git_fetch() in git-completion.bash when you

We should update git-completion.bash to remove this option.