Haven - Private Shopping


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This Android app currently has more than 100000 downloads, a 3.8 stars rating from 381 users and the latest release is version 1.3.7.

Our last analysis was done on 27th August 2020 based on data found in their Google Play description and their website and their source repository. We discuss issues with the provider here. Our verdict was Not reproducible from the source provided (details below).

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The Analysis

Update: @StevieZollo sent a tweet:

@WalletScrutiny @LeoWandersleb it looks like you reviewed @HavenPrivacy the day before it went open source. You can find its source code here: https://github.com/OpenBazaar/haven

so we can check its source code after all. Let’s see how that goes:

Just in case, we reviewed their website again if this is the official repo but there is no link to it, so that doesn’t leave us with much hope. Also: Unless the provider endorses this repository, you should not assume it is anything official or trustworthy! Anyway …

/tmp$ git clone https://github.com/OpenBazaar/haven
Cloning into 'haven'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 12, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (12/12), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (11/11), done.
remote: Total 766 (delta 2), reused 5 (delta 0), pack-reused 754
Receiving objects: 100% (766/766), 15.25 MiB | 9.58 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (46/46), done.
/tmp$ cd haven/
/tmp/haven(master)$ git tag
/tmp/haven(master)$ git branch 
* master
/tmp/haven(master)$ git log --oneline
ef354df (HEAD -> master, origin/master, origin/HEAD) Merge pull request #1 from OpenBazaar/add-license-1
de4cced (origin/add-license-1) Create LICENSE
2a5fe76 Update readme
f486f33 feat: havenBuildConfigFiles setup
a0a8bc8 Initial commit

So there is essentially only one revision as far as the Android app goes. Changes to license or readme should not affect the app on Android itself. The missing tag will be a problem later on though.

root@4be0f50e58d3:/mnt# apt install nodejs npm -y
root@4be0f50e58d3:/mnt# npm install -g npm yarn
root@4be0f50e58d3:/mnt# yarn
root@4be0f50e58d3:/mnt# apt install curl
root@4be0f50e58d3:/mnt# yarn
root@4be0f50e58d3:/mnt# find . | grep '\.env'

At this point, the build instructions read

Copy .env file to the root directory

but according to find . | grep '\.env' there is no .env file anywhere. The instruction:

The env file should look like this:


looks like the provider is not sharing all details necessary to build this app but let’s see what happens …

It doesn’t get better. Next we are supposed to

Copy those files into havenBuildConfigFiles folder:


and again those are not files provided by the company.

So to little surprise, compiling doesn’t go all too well:

root@4be0f50e58d3:/mnt/android# cd android/
root@4be0f50e58d3:/mnt/android# ./gradlew clean assembleRelease
FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':app:processReleaseGoogleServices'.
> File google-services.json is missing. The Google Services Plugin cannot function without it. 
   Searched Location: 

* Try:
Run with --stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with --info or --debug option to get more log output. Run with --scan to get full insights.

* Get more help at https://help.gradle.org

Deprecated Gradle features were used in this build, making it incompatible with Gradle 7.0.
Use '--warning-mode all' to show the individual deprecation warnings.
See https://docs.gradle.org/6.5/userguide/command_line_interface.html#sec:command_line_warnings

BUILD FAILED in 4m 14s
330 actionable tasks: 299 executed, 31 up-to-date

At this point we give up and give the verdict not verifiable.

Verdict Explained

Not reproducible from the source provided The app provider also shares code but we could so far not verify that the published code matches the published app!

This verdict means that the provider did share some source code but that we could not verify that this source code matches the released app. This might be due to the source being released later than the app or due to the provided instructions on how to compile the app not being sufficient or due to the provider excluding parts from the public source code. In any case, the result is a discrepancy between the app we can create and the app we can find on GooglePlay and any discrepancy might leak your backup to the server on purpose or by accident.

As we cannot verify that the source provided is the source the app was compiled from, this category is only slightly better than closed source but for now we have hope projects come around and fix verifiability issues.

The app 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 app 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.