credential: die() when parsing invalid urls

When we try to initialize credential loading by URL and find that the
URL is invalid, we set all fields to NULL in order to avoid acting on
malicious input. Later when we request credentials, we diagonse the
erroneous input:

	fatal: refusing to work with credential missing host field

This is problematic in two ways:

- The message doesn't tell the user *why* we are missing the host
  field, so they can't tell from this message alone how to recover.
  There can be intervening messages after the original warning of
  bad input, so the user may not have the context to put two and two

- The error only occurs when we actually need to get a credential.  If
  the URL permits anonymous access, the only encouragement the user gets
  to correct their bogus URL is a quiet warning.

  This is inconsistent with the check we perform in fsck, where any use
  of such a URL as a submodule is an error.

When we see such a bogus URL, let's not try to be nice and continue
without helpers. Instead, die() immediately. This is simpler and
obviously safe. And there's very little chance of disrupting a normal

It's _possible_ that somebody has a legitimate URL with a raw newline in
it. It already wouldn't work with credential helpers, so this patch
steps that up from an inconvenience to "we will refuse to work with it
at all". If such a case does exist, we should figure out a way to work
with it (especially if the newline is only in the path component, which
we normally don't even pass to helpers). But until we see a real report,
we're better off being defensive.

Reported-by: Carlo Arenas <>
Signed-off-by: Jeff King <>
Signed-off-by: Jonathan Nieder <>
This commit is contained in:
Jeff King 2020-04-18 20:53:09 -07:00 committed by Jonathan Nieder
parent a2b26ffb1a
commit fe29a9b7b0
2 changed files with 3 additions and 6 deletions

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@ -405,8 +405,6 @@ int credential_from_url_gently(struct credential *c, const char *url,
void credential_from_url(struct credential *c, const char *url)
if (credential_from_url_gently(c, url, 0) < 0) {
warning(_("skipping credential lookup for url: %s"), url);
if (credential_from_url_gently(c, url, 0) < 0)
die(_("credential url cannot be parsed: %s"), url);

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@ -406,8 +406,7 @@ test_expect_success 'url parser rejects embedded newlines' '
cat >expect <<-\EOF &&
warning: url contains a newline in its host component:
warning: skipping credential lookup for url:
fatal: refusing to work with credential missing host field
fatal: credential url cannot be parsed:
test_i18ncmp expect stderr