Electrum Bitcoin WalletLatest release: 22.214.171.124 ( 7th April 2022 ) 🔍 Last analysed 17th April 2022 . Reproducible when tested
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With our test script (?) we get:
... + cp contrib/deterministic-build/requirements-build-android.txt contrib/android/ + docker build -t electrum-android-builder-img contrib/android/ Sending build context to Docker daemon 101.9kB Step 1/51 : FROM ubuntu:20.04@sha256:86ac87f73641c920fb42cc9612d4fb57b5626b56ea2a19b894d0673fd5b4f2e9 ... Removing intermediate container e83920d3fae6 ---> 6609b240a7d9 Step 44/51 : COPY contrib/deterministic-build/requirements-build-base.txt /opt/deterministic-build/ COPY failed: file not found in build context or excluded by .dockerignore: stat contrib/deterministic-build/requirements-build-base.txt: file does not exist + mkdir --parents .buildozer/.gradle + docker run -it --rm --name electrum-android-builder-cont --volume /tmp/test_org.electrum.electrum/app:/home/user/wspace/electrum --volume /tmp/test_org.electrum.electrum/app/.buildozer/.gradle:/home/user/.gradle --workdir /home/user/wspace/electrum electrum-android-builder-img /bin/bash -c './contrib/android/make_apk release-unsigned; echo "CTRL-D to continue"; bash' Unable to find image 'electrum-android-builder-img:latest' locally docker: Error response from daemon: pull access denied for electrum-android-builder-img, repository does not exist or may require 'docker login': denied: requested access to the resource is denied. ...
which means something changed how to build this app.
git diff 4.1.5 4.2.1 indeed, the
Dockerfile changed in the line of
-COPY requirements-build-android.txt /opt/deterministic-build/ +COPY contrib/deterministic-build/requirements-build-base.txt /opt/deterministic-build/ +COPY contrib/deterministic-build/requirements-build-android.txt /opt/deterministic-build/
the way the
Dockerfile was used to build changed:
-sudo docker build \ +docker build \ $DOCKER_BUILD_FLAGS \ -t electrum-android-builder-img \ - "$CONTRIB_ANDROID" + --file "$CONTRIB_ANDROID/Dockerfile" \ + "$PROJECT_ROOT"
and … the build instructions also slightly changed:
- $ ELECBUILD_COMMIT=HEAD ELECBUILD_NOCACHE=1 ./build.sh release-unsigned + $ ELECBUILD_COMMIT=HEAD ELECBUILD_NOCACHE=1 ./build.sh kivy all release-unsigned
Time to update our test script (?) and run it again:
===== Begin Results ===== appId: org.electrum.electrum signer: e543d576fa0f2a33d412bca4c7d61e2301830e956e7d947e75b9052d176027d3 apkVersionName: 126.96.36.199 apkVersionCode: 34020100 verdict: reproducible appHash: f7da55a86aca86080884c1864f8db383d29116d9409ed7f37179785514f1ecf0 commit: 90e5984b647eb0211524e604b6fedff08894f6fd Diff: Only in /tmp/fromPlay_org.electrum.electrum_34020100/META-INF: CERT.RSA Only in /tmp/fromPlay_org.electrum.electrum_34020100/META-INF: CERT.SF Files /tmp/fromPlay_org.electrum.electrum_34020100/META-INF/MANIFEST.MF and /tmp/fromBuild_org.electrum.electrum_34020100/META-INF/MANIFEST.MF differ Revision, tag (and its signature): object 90e5984b647eb0211524e604b6fedff08894f6fd type commit tag 4.2.1 tagger ThomasV <email@example.com> 1648320121 +0100 4.2.1 ===== End Results =====
which looks good. This binary is reproducible.
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.
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