GIT gitweb git_snapshot / git_object Shell Metacharacter Arbitrary Command Execution

high Nessus Plugin ID 44675
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The remote web server contains a CGI script that can be abused to execute arbitrary commands.


The version of gitweb, a web-enabled interface to the open source distributed version control system Git, hosted on the remote web server fails to sanitize user-supplied input to the 'gitweb.cgi' script of shell metacharacters before passing it to a shell.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker can leverage this issue to execute arbitrary commands subject to the privileges under which the web server operates.


Upgrade to GIT 1.5.6 or later.

See Also;a=shortlog;h=refs/tags/v1.5.6

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 44675

File Name: gitweb_git_object_cmd_exec.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 2/21/2010

Updated: 1/19/2021

Dependencies: http_version.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.2

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:git:git

Excluded KB Items: Settings/disable_cgi_scanning

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Exploited by Nessus: true

Patch Publication Date: 6/17/2008

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/17/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5517

BID: 33215

EDB-ID: 11497

CWE: 94