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Crystal Wallet

latest release: 1.77 ( 21st October 2021 ) last analysed  10th November 2021 No source for current release found 
4.6 ★★★★★
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1 thousand
15th March 2020

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The Analysis 

App Description

Crystal Wallet is aiming to connect the way between blockchain technology and community with a simple, secure and powerful digital asset management application.

We have expanded our outreach to millions of users from a large number of countries with the target of becoming the world’s largest cryptocurrency wallet.

Multi-chain support along with robust tokens management allow blockchain technology to integrate with your life seamlessly.

The App

The app is a multi-currency wallet with the ability to provide a 12-word seed backup and restore from them. The initial loading screen allows users to “Create a Wallet” or “Restore Wallet”. It is self-custodial.

Verdict

We couldn’t find a link to their source code and neither did searching the appID ‘eu.crystalwallet.app’ on Github yield any wallet repositories. This means that even though the app may be self-custodial, having the source code unavailable for review makes the app not verifiable.

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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.

The product cannot be independently verified. If the provider puts your funds at risk on purpose or by accident, you will probably not know about the issue before people start losing money. If the provider is more criminally inclined he might have collected all the backups of all the wallets, ready to be emptied at the press of a button. The product might have a formidable track record but out of distress or change in management turns out to be evil from some point on, with nobody outside ever knowing before it is too late.