Unable to access '/.config/git/attributes': Permission denied

I’m seeing an error message I don’t understand at every GitLab server communication for some time now:

git.exe pull --progress --no-rebase -v --ff-only “origin”

POST git-upload-pack (463 bytes)
remote: warning: unable to access ‘/.config/git/attributes’: Permission denied
remote: Counting objects: 94, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (74/74), done.
remote: Total 94 (delta 55), reused 36 (delta 15)
From http://db-gitlab/team/MyProject
= [up to date] master -> origin/master
(…)
Already up-to-date.

What does that mean?

The GitLab server runs on Ubuntu, all clients are Windows using either TortoiseGit (which uses Git) or the GitLab CI Runner. This can be seen everywhere.

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