Upstream information

CVE-2023-40590 at MITRE


GitPython is a python library used to interact with Git repositories. When resolving a program, Python/Windows look for the current working directory, and after that the PATH environment. GitPython defaults to use the `git` command, if a user runs GitPython from a repo has a `git.exe` or `git` executable, that program will be run instead of the one in the user's `PATH`. This is more of a problem on how Python interacts with Windows systems, Linux and any other OS aren't affected by this. But probably people using GitPython usually run it from the CWD of a repo. An attacker can trick a user to download a repository with a malicious `git` executable, if the user runs/imports GitPython from that directory, it allows the attacker to run any arbitrary commands. There is no fix currently available for windows users, however there are a few mitigations. 1: Default to an absolute path for the git program on Windows, like `C:\\Program Files\\Git\\cmd\\git.EXE` (default git path installation). 2: Require users to set the `GIT_PYTHON_GIT_EXECUTABLE` environment variable on Windows systems. 3: Make this problem prominent in the documentation and advise users to never run GitPython from an untrusted repo, or set the `GIT_PYTHON_GIT_EXECUTABLE` env var to an absolute path. 4: Resolve the executable manually by only looking into the `PATH` environment variable.

SUSE information

Overall state of this security issue: Resolved

This issue is currently rated as having important severity.

CVSS v3 Scores
  National Vulnerability Database SUSE
Base Score 7.8 7.8
Attack Vector Local Local
Attack Complexity Low Low
Privileges Required None None
User Interaction Required Required
Scope Unchanged Unchanged
Confidentiality Impact High High
Integrity Impact High High
Availability Impact High High
CVSSv3 Version 3.1 3.1
SUSE Bugzilla entries: 1214734 [RESOLVED / INVALID], 1218750 [RESOLVED / INVALID]

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List of released packages

Product(s) Fixed package version(s) References
openSUSE Tumbleweed
  • python310-GitPython >=
  • python311-GitPython >=
  • python39-GitPython >=
openSUSE Tumbleweed GA python310-GitPython-

Status of this issue by product and package

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Product(s) Source package State
Products past their end of life and not receiving proactive updates anymore.
HPE Helion OpenStack 8 python-GitPython Not affected
SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8 python-GitPython Not affected
SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9 python-GitPython Not affected

SUSE Timeline for this CVE

CVE page created: Mon Aug 28 22:02:13 2023
CVE page last modified: Sat Jan 20 16:36:31 2024