[Dev] gitosis broken + server access + security practices

Aurélien gnu.tek at gmx.com
Wed Feb 15 18:22:06 GMT 2012

Nicolás Reynolds <fauno at kiwwwi.com.ar> writes:

> So gitosis is broken, spits errors when adding new users (even from the server
> itself) and I really don't know how to debug it.
> We were discussing on the channel if the privilege separation gitosis
> provides is useful to us, since permissions are given to everyone to
> every git repo anyway.
> Smv says gitosis not only does this but also *only* allows the git user
> (git at parabolagnulinux.org) access to the git repos. If we
> were going to manage push privileges using regular ssh
> methods (ssh-copy-id, authorized_keys, etc.), people could not only push
> to the repos but have shell login if available or access to the full git
> user's home, included .ssh/authorized_keys.

Should it be possible that the script which verify authorithy ask
another "securly closed" server rather than the normal

> IMO this isn't a problem since it would allow anyone to quickly
> participate on git development simply by being involved and having
> another hacker to allow his pubkey. Or any other policies we define
> politically rather than technically.
> And git, being an unprivileged user, shouldn't have access to any other
> important system files. We could even chroot it for that matter. The
> point is that security shouldn't hinder participation and simplicity.
> What do you think?
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