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Disclosure Date: February 18, 2022
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Sourcegraph is a code search and navigation engine. Sourcegraph prior to version 3.37 is vulnerable to remote code execution in the gitserver service. The service acts as a git exec proxy, and fails to properly restrict calling git config. This allows an attacker to set the git core.sshCommand option, which sets git to use the specified command instead of ssh when they need to connect to a remote system. Exploitation of this vulnerability depends on how Sourcegraph is deployed. An attacker able to make HTTP requests to internal services like gitserver is able to exploit it. This issue is patched in Sourcegraph version 3.37. As a workaround, ensure that requests to gitserver are properly protected.

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A vulnerability exists in the gitserver component of SourceGraph that allows remote and unauthenticated attackers that can access the service to configure git’s core.sshCommand value which can then be triggered on demand by forcing a push operation. In order to be exploitable, the SourceGraph instance must have at least one cloned repository present. Cloning a repository is the first post-installation step that a Source Graph administrator is prompted to take. Once one or more repositories are cloned, a remote and unauthenticated attacker can enumerate them using curl http://$target:3178/list?cloned=true. Successful exploitation results in code execution in the context of the gitserver user.

While a server with no cloned repositories is not exploitable, the vulnerability can still be checked by analyzing the response to a filtered command. The vulnerability can be checked for using the following curl command where $target is the target server. This command fetches the current core.sshCommand value and does not change it.

curl -X POST http://$target:3178/exec -d '{"Repo": "repo", "Args": ["config", "--default", "", "core.sshCommand"]}'

If the response is HTTP/400 with a body of “invalid command”, the server is not vulnerable. If it’s HTTP/404, it’s vulnerable but the selected repository does not exists, while if it’s HTTP/200 it’s vulnerable and the repository does exist.

SourceGraph fixed the vulnerability in version 3.37, but users must opt into the solution. The implemented fix was in the form of optional filtering on the /exec endpoint to restrict the git commands that are able to be executed. Commit baff5680 (first released in v3.37) sets this value to default to true however it does not appear to be the default for new installations. It’s unclear what the word default means in this context. At the time of this writing, it looks like a future release may remove the option and always include the functionality. In the mean time, to enable this, SourceGraph administrators must navigate to Configuration > Site Configurationand add the following JSON blob to the configuration file.

"experimentalFeatures": {
    "enableGitServerCommandExecFilter": true

With that in place, the server will be patched for this vulnerability as unauthorized commands will be blocked. Blocked commands are logged since version 3.37 regardless of whether or not the filtering is active. A blocked command will generate a log line such as the following:

22:11:37                 gitserver | {"SeverityText":"WARN","Timestamp":1657750297008909456,"InstrumentationScope":"server","Caller":"server/server.go:1381","Function":"*Server).exec","Body":"exec: bad command","Resource":{"":"gitserver","service.version":"3.41.0","":""},"Attributes":{"RemoteAddr":"","req.Args":["config","--default","","core.sshCommand"]}}

In this case the command that was run was git config --default "" core.sshCommand from the test curl command.

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