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Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet

Latest release: ( 4th April 2022 ) 🔍 Last analysed 8th May 2022 . Reproducible when tested
4.1 ★★★★★
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1st July 2013

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The following Analysis is not a full code review! We plan to make code reviews available in the future but even then it will never be a stamp of approval but rather a list of incidents and questionable coding practice. Nasa sends probes to space that crash due to software bugs despite a huge budget and stringent scrutiny.

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The Analysis 

Disclaimer: Authors of this project have contributed to Mycelium.

Independent re-builds:

Here we test if the latest version also can be reproduced, following the known procedure expressed in our test script (?):

===== Begin Results =====
appId:          com.mycelium.wallet
signer:         b8e59d4a60b65290efb2716319e50b94e298d7a72c76c2119eb7d8d3afac302e
apkVersionCode: 3140100
verdict:        reproducible
appHash:        51b5a576f1e7a7580e15a7e3fffe43d3920584b319e8cfe3ad7f7ba091056ffa
commit:         ab6081e3d08564735b9d01497ba3ac42bf2bb5d7

Files /tmp/fromPlay_com.mycelium.wallet_3140100/META-INF/CERT.RSA and /tmp/fromBuild_com.mycelium.wallet_3140100/META-INF/CERT.RSA differ

Revision, tag (and its signature):

===== End Results =====

which is what we want to see to give this wallet the verdict: reproducible


Verdict Explained

The binary provided was reproducible from the code provided.

As part of our Methodology, we ask:

Does the binary we built differ from what we downloaded? If not, we tag it Reproducible

If we can reproduce the binary we downloaded from the public source code, with all bytes accounted for, we call the product reproducible. This does not mean we audited the code but it’s the precondition to make sure the public code has relevance for the provided binary.

If the provider puts your funds at risk on purpose or by accident, security researchers can see this if they care to look. It also means that inside the company, engineers can verify that the release manager is releasing the product based on code known to all engineers on the team. A scammer would have to work under the potential eyes of security researchers. He would have to take more effort in hiding any exploit.

“Reproducible” does not mean “verified”. There is good reason to believe that security researchers as of today would not detect very blatant backdoors in the public source code before it gets exploited, much less if the attacker takes moderate efforts to hide it. This is especially true for less popular projects.