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USN-3243-1: Git vulnerability

23 March 2017

Git could be made to run programs as your login if it explored a specially crafted repository.



  • git - fast, scalable, distributed revision control system


It was discovered that Git incorrectly sanitized branch names in the PS1
variable when configured to display the repository status in the shell
prompt. If a user were tricked into exploring a malicious repository, a
remote attacker could use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 14.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.