In a recent study conducted by AquaSec, it was revealed that millions of GitHub repositories are potentially vulnerable to a security threat called RepoJacking. New research sheds light on the extent of RepoJacking, which if exploited may lead to code execution on organizations’ internal environments or on their customers’ environments.
RepoJacking occurs when an attacker registers a username and creates a repository that was previously used by an organization but changed its name. The attacker takes advantage of redirection issues, which can lead to unsuspecting projects or code fetching dependencies from the attacker-controlled repository, potentially containing malware.
AquaSec's Research Findings:
AquaSec's research involved analyzing a sample of 1.25 million GitHub repositories and discovered that approximately 2.95% of them were vulnerable to RepoJacking. Notably, repositories belonging to renowned companies such as Google and Lyft were among the affected ones.
Exploitation and Implications:
The researchers demonstrated how vulnerable repositories could be exploited. In the case of Google, an attacker could clone a repository associated with a project called Mathsteps, leading to arbitrary code execution on users' devices. Similarly, Lyft's installation script was found to fetch a vulnerable ZIP archive, allowing attackers to inject malicious code into any Lyft installation script.
To protect your repositories from RepoJacking and similar threats, Armoryze security team suggests the following measures:
The RepoJacking vulnerability poses a significant risk to organizations using GitHub repositories. By staying vigilant, regularly reviewing repositories, and implementing safeguarding measures, you can protect your valuable code and data from potential attacks. Remember, the research analysis conducted covered only a fraction of the available data, meaning there may be more vulnerable organizations. Take action today to secure your Github repositories and mitigate potential risks.
For more information on how to safeguard your repositories or to inquire about our comprehensive cybersecurity solutions, feel free to contact our security team at Armoryze.
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