Security vulnerability in gitlab-shell (CVE-2013-4546)

Jacob Vosmaer
Nov 8, 2013

Security vulnerability in gitlab-shell (CVE-2013-4546)

We have learned about a second remote code execution vulnerability in gitlab-shell. This issue was fixed in gitlab-shell 1.7.4, so users who updated gitlab-shell after our recent security announcement are not affected.

Remote code execution vulnerability in the repository import feature of older versions of GitLab

There is a remote code execution vulnerability in the repository import feature of older versions of GitLab. This vulnerability has been assigned the CVE identifier CVE-2013-4546.

Versions affected: 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.0, 6.1, 6.2

Not affected: 4.2 and earlier

Fixed versions: 5.4.1, Community Edition 6.2.3, Enterprise Edition 6.2.0 (all using gitlab-shell 1.7.4)


When creating a new project a GitLab user can specify that a remote repository should be imported into the new project. In affected versions the import URL text field can be used to execute code on the GitLab server. Only authenticated users can create new projects and import repositories.

This vulnerability was fixed in gitlab-shell 1.7.4. All users running GitLab 5.4 or newer should verify that they are using gitlab-shell 1.7.4 or newer (cat /home/git/gitlab-shell/VERSION) and upgrade gitlab-shell immediately if necessary.


Gitlab-shell 1.7.4 is available from and . To upgrade gitlab-shell it suffices to run sudo su git -c 'git fetch && git checkout v1.7.4' in /home/git/gitlab-shell .


If you are unable to upgrade you can disable the repository import functionality in GitLab by deleting the following code block from app/contexts/projects/create_context.rb and restarting GitLab:

# Import project from cloneable resource
if @project.valid? && @project.import_url.present?
  shell =
  if shell.import_repository(@project.path_with_namespace, @project.import_url)
    # We should create satellite for imported repo
    @project.satellite.create unless @project.satellite.exists?
    @project.imported = true
    @project.errors.add(:import_url, 'cannot clone repo')


Thanks to Remy van Elst for reporting the vulnerability to us.

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