[pacman-dev] [PATCH v4] libmakepkg/integrity: check for invalid tags

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Wed Sep 13 03:57:32 UTC 2017

As per https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-general/2017-July/043876.html
git doesn't check that the tag name matches what an annotated tag object
*thinks* it should be called. This is a bit of a theoretical attack and
some would argue that we should always use commits since upstream can
legitimately change a tag, but nevertheless this can result in a
downgrade attack if the git download transport was manipulated or the
upstream repository hacked.

So, check the tag blob to make sure the tag actually matches the name we
used for `git checkout`.

This really should be fixed in git itself, rather than forcing all
downstream users of git verify-tag to implement their own checks, but
the git developers disagree, see the discussion surrounding

Signed-off-by: Eli Schwartz <eschwartz at archlinux.org>
 scripts/libmakepkg/source/git.sh.in | 11 ++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/scripts/libmakepkg/source/git.sh.in b/scripts/libmakepkg/source/git.sh.in
index 6d7e0a67..252cd4da 100644
--- a/scripts/libmakepkg/source/git.sh.in
+++ b/scripts/libmakepkg/source/git.sh.in
@@ -65,7 +65,7 @@ download_git() {
 extract_git() {
-	local netfile=$1
+	local netfile=$1 tagname
 	local fragment=$(get_uri_fragment "$netfile")
 	local repo=$(get_filename "$netfile")
@@ -110,6 +110,15 @@ extract_git() {
+	if [[ ${fragment%%=*} = tag ]]; then
+		tagname="$(git tag -l --format='%(tag)' "$ref")"
+		if [[ -n $tagname && $tagname != $ref ]]; then
+			error "$(gettext "Failure while checking out version %s, the git tag has been forged")" "$ref"
+			plain "$(gettext "Aborting...")"
+			exit 1
+		fi
+	fi
 	if [[ $ref != "origin/HEAD" ]] || (( updating )) ; then
 		if ! git checkout --force --no-track -B makepkg $ref; then
 			error "$(gettext "Failure while creating working copy of %s %s repo")" "${repo}" "git"

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