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From: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>
To: git@vger.kernel.org
Cc: "Junio C Hamano" <gitster@pobox.com>,
	"Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <avarab@gmail.com>,
	"Eric Sunshine" <sunshine@sunshineco.com>
Subject: [PATCH v2 9/9] docs: document symlink restrictions for dot-files
Date: Mon, 3 May 2021 16:43:28 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <YJBgcDM8Jt4dRdNe@coredump.intra.peff.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <YJBgMP9eXq31INyN@coredump.intra.peff.net>

We stopped allowing symlinks for .gitmodules files in 10ecfa7649
(verify_path: disallow symlinks in .gitmodules, 2018-05-04), and we
stopped following symlinks for .gitattributes, .gitignore, and .mailmap
in the commits from 204333b015 (Merge branch 'jk/open-dotgitx-with-nofollow',
2021-03-22). The reasons are discussed in detail there, but we never
adjusted the documentation to let users know.

This hasn't been a big deal since the point is that such setups were
mildly broken and thought to be unusual anyway. But it certainly doesn't
hurt to be clear and explicit about it.

Suggested-by: Philip Oakley <philipoakley@iee.email>
Signed-off-by: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>
---
 Documentation/gitattributes.txt | 6 ++++++
 Documentation/gitignore.txt     | 4 ++++
 Documentation/gitmailmap.txt    | 7 +++++++
 Documentation/gitmodules.txt    | 8 ++++++++
 4 files changed, 25 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/gitattributes.txt b/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
index cfcfa800c2..83fd4e19a4 100644
--- a/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
+++ b/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
@@ -1247,6 +1247,12 @@ to:
 [attr]binary -diff -merge -text
 ------------
 
+NOTES
+-----
+
+Git does not follow symbolic links when accessing a `.gitattributes`
+file in the working tree. This keeps behavior consistent when the file
+is accessed from the index or a tree versus from the filesystem.
 
 EXAMPLES
 --------
diff --git a/Documentation/gitignore.txt b/Documentation/gitignore.txt
index 5751603b13..53e7d5c914 100644
--- a/Documentation/gitignore.txt
+++ b/Documentation/gitignore.txt
@@ -149,6 +149,10 @@ not tracked by Git remain untracked.
 To stop tracking a file that is currently tracked, use
 'git rm --cached'.
 
+Git does not follow symbolic links when accessing a `.gitignore` file in
+the working tree. This keeps behavior consistent when the file is
+accessed from the index or a tree versus from the filesystem.
+
 EXAMPLES
 --------
 
diff --git a/Documentation/gitmailmap.txt b/Documentation/gitmailmap.txt
index 3fb39f801f..06f4af93fe 100644
--- a/Documentation/gitmailmap.txt
+++ b/Documentation/gitmailmap.txt
@@ -55,6 +55,13 @@ this would also match the 'Commit Name <commit&#64;email.xx>' above:
 	Proper Name <proper@email.xx> CoMmIt NaMe <CoMmIt@EmAiL.xX>
 --
 
+NOTES
+-----
+
+Git does not follow symbolic links when accessing a `.mailmap` file in
+the working tree. This keeps behavior consistent when the file is
+accessed from the index or a tree versus from the filesystem.
+
 EXAMPLES
 --------
 
diff --git a/Documentation/gitmodules.txt b/Documentation/gitmodules.txt
index 8e333dde1b..dcee09b500 100644
--- a/Documentation/gitmodules.txt
+++ b/Documentation/gitmodules.txt
@@ -98,6 +98,14 @@ submodule.<name>.shallow::
 	shallow clone (with a history depth of 1) unless the user explicitly
 	asks for a non-shallow clone.
 
+NOTES
+-----
+
+Git does not allow the `.gitmodules` file within a working tree to be a
+symbolic link, and will refuse to check out such a tree entry. This
+keeps behavior consistent when the file is accessed from the index or a
+tree versus from the filesystem, and helps Git reliably enforce security
+checks of the file contents.
 
 EXAMPLES
 --------
-- 
2.31.1.926.gd12152deb6

      parent reply	other threads:[~2021-05-03 20:43 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 35+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-01 15:40 [PATCH 0/9] leftover bits from symlinked gitattributes, etc topics Jeff King
2021-05-01 15:41 ` [PATCH 1/9] t7415: remove out-dated comment about translation Jeff King
2021-05-03  9:46   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-05-03 20:29     ` Jeff King
2021-05-01 15:41 ` [PATCH 2/9] fsck_tree(): fix shadowed variable Jeff King
2021-05-03 11:15   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-05-03 20:13     ` Jeff King
2021-05-04 10:10       ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-05-01 15:41 ` [PATCH 3/9] fsck_tree(): wrap some long lines Jeff King
2021-05-03 11:22   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-05-03 20:23     ` Jeff King
2021-05-01 15:42 ` [PATCH 4/9] t7415: rename to expand scope Jeff King
2021-05-01 15:42 ` [PATCH 5/9] t7450: test verify_path() handling of gitmodules Jeff King
2021-05-01 18:55   ` Eric Sunshine
2021-05-01 19:03     ` Eric Sunshine
2021-05-03 19:39       ` Jeff King
2021-05-03 10:12   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-05-03 20:32     ` Jeff King
2021-05-01 15:42 ` [PATCH 6/9] t7450: test .gitmodules symlink matching against obscured names Jeff King
2021-05-01 15:42 ` [PATCH 7/9] t0060: test ntfs/hfs-obscured dotfiles Jeff King
2021-05-01 15:43 ` [PATCH 8/9] fsck: warn about symlinked dotfiles we'll open with O_NOFOLLOW Jeff King
2021-05-01 15:43 ` [PATCH 9/9] docs: document symlink restrictions for dot-files Jeff King
2021-05-01 19:16   ` Eric Sunshine
2021-05-03 20:33     ` Jeff King
2021-05-03  5:36 ` [PATCH 0/9] leftover bits from symlinked gitattributes, etc topics Junio C Hamano
2021-05-03 20:42 ` [PATCH v2 " Jeff King
2021-05-03 20:43   ` [PATCH v2 1/9] t7415: remove out-dated comment about translation Jeff King
2021-05-03 20:43   ` [PATCH v2 2/9] fsck_tree(): fix shadowed variable Jeff King
2021-05-03 20:43   ` [PATCH v2 3/9] fsck_tree(): wrap some long lines Jeff King
2021-05-03 20:43   ` [PATCH v2 4/9] t7415: rename to expand scope Jeff King
2021-05-03 20:43   ` [PATCH v2 5/9] t7450: test verify_path() handling of gitmodules Jeff King
2021-05-03 20:43   ` [PATCH v2 6/9] t7450: test .gitmodules symlink matching against obscured names Jeff King
2021-05-03 20:43   ` [PATCH v2 7/9] t0060: test ntfs/hfs-obscured dotfiles Jeff King
2021-05-03 20:43   ` [PATCH v2 8/9] fsck: warn about symlinked dotfiles we'll open with O_NOFOLLOW Jeff King
2021-05-03 20:43   ` Jeff King [this message]

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