Stash branch permissions are not working

Under the: settings > "branch permissions" section of our repo I setup permissions on the master branch so that only one user has write permissions. I also checked the boxes for "Prevent rewriting history", "Prevent branch deletion", and "Prevent changes without a pull request". The permission is setup using the branch name, not any wildcards.

Under the "hooks" section I also have "Reject Force Push" enabled.

Despite these settings any user and push to the master branch from their local copy of the repo. They can also force push and force push a previous commit (removing the latest commits).

Stash is V3.11.2 (Updated today, this issue also occurred in V3.10.2)

Any ideas as to why Stash is ignoring these settings? This is a serious issue for us.

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Thanks to Ben at Atlassian Support! He was able to identify that the hooks were not executable in the stash repo.


Hi Mike,

It sounds like the pre-receive hooks in your repository are not triggering correctly. If the repository that Stash maintains on disk has been modified by hand (e.g. the contents of the .git/hooks directory have been modified) you may see issues like this.

Regardless, I'd raise a support request in the Stash project at and our awesome support engineers will be able to take a closer look and help you out.



Unfortunately I don't believe that is the issue as it is still true when it is a new clone of the repo and the hooks directory is untouched. I didn't see a Stash option on the support page but I created one under JIRA.

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