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Pallapay Wallet

Latest release: 1.3 ( 2nd March 2022 ) 🔍 Last analysed 31st May 2022 . No source for current release found Not functioning anymore
10 thousand
6th October 2021

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The Analysis 

Update 2022-05-01: This app is not available anymore.

⚠️ Note: There is a striking resemblance to the Pallapay logo on the Google Play Store and the   . We also noticed that the in-app logo is different from the Play Store logo. While not outright a fake, it raises a flag about their indifference (or laziness) when it comes to their corporate branding.

App Description

Pallapay Wallet is the official crypto wallet of Pallapay. You can send, receive and store Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies including PALLA safely and securely with the Pallapay Decentralized Wallet mobile app.

It is possible to send, receive cryptocurrencies and cash out using the app.

App Setup

Once the app is downloaded, the user is asked to create a 4-digit pin. The app then asks the user to create a display name. Wallet creation involves backing up a 12-word mnemonic phrase.

Pallapay Wallet is a multi-currency app that supports bitcoin.

Pallapay does not claim to be an Open Source project.

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Verdict Explained

Without public source of the reviewed release available, this product cannot be verified!

As part of our Methodology, we ask:

Is the source code publicly available? If not, we tag it No Source!

A wallet that claims to not give the provider the means to steal the users’ funds might actually be lying. In the spirit of “Don’t trust - verify!” you don’t want to take the provider at his word, but trust that people hunting for fame and bug bounties could actually find flaws and back-doors in the wallet so the provider doesn’t dare to put these in.

Back-doors and flaws are frequently found in closed source products but some remain hidden for years. And even in open source security software there might be catastrophic flaws undiscovered for years.

An evil wallet provider would certainly prefer not to publish the code, as hiding it makes audits orders of magnitude harder.

For your security, you thus want the code to be available for review.

If the wallet provider doesn’t share up to date code, our analysis stops there as the wallet could steal your funds at any time, and there is no protection except the provider’s word.

“Up to date” strictly means that any instance of the product being updated without the source code being updated counts as closed source. This puts the burden on the provider to always first release the source code before releasing the product’s update. This paragraph is a clarification to our rules following a little poll.

We are not concerned about the license as long as it allows us to perform our analysis. For a security audit, it is not necessary that the provider allows others to use their code for a competing wallet. You should still prefer actual open source licenses as a competing wallet won’t use the code without giving it careful scrutiny.

But we also ask:

Is the product still supported by the still existing provider? If not, we tag it Defunct!

Discontinued products or worse, products of providers that are not active anymore, are problematic, especially if they were not formerly reproducible and well audited to be self-custodial following open standards. If the provider hasn’t answered inquiries for a year but their server is still running or similar circumstances might get this verdict, too.