Artery Network - Кошелек, VPN, Storagelatest release: 1.6 ( 9th July 2021 ) last analysed 11th September 2021 No source for current release found
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Try out searching for "lost bitcoins", "stole my money" or "scammers" together with the wallet's name, even if you think the wallet is generally trustworthy. For all the bigger wallets you will find accusations. Make sure you understand why they were made and if you are comfortable with the provider's reaction.
The Analysis ¶
The Artery Network is based on devices (phones, computers) that allocate free memory and internet connection in the Artery Node product, providing decentralization to the Artery Storage and Artery VPN products.
Artery Network claims to be a decentralized product.
Upon signing in, you are provided with a seed phrase used for signing into your account. It is possible to add an existing wallet by typing the key phrase.
This raises concerns about where the company stores these keys, but it is addressed in the app’s FAQ:
The app doesn’t send your Seed-phrase and received keys to the company’s servers, so they are only stored on your device, in a special secure storage provided by your phone’s operating system.
As it claims to be “decentralized” and users are provided with keys, then we can assume this wallet is not custodial.
Additional Notes: The official website links to a Github repository on how to start a full node. There’s no source code for the app.
To further verify, we emailed their support and await their response.
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.
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