GIT gitweb git_search Shell Metacharacter Arbitrary Command Execution

high Nessus Plugin ID 53336


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.


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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 53336

File Name: gitweb_git_search_cmd_exec.nasl

Version: 1.13

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 4/8/2011

Updated: 4/11/2022

Configuration: Enable thorough checks

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:git:git

Excluded KB Items: Settings/disable_cgi_scanning

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/5/2008

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/19/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5516

BID: 33355

CWE: 78, 264

SECUNIA: 33607