ShapeShift: Buy & Trade CryptoLatest release: 2.20.0 (109) ( 18th May 2022 ) 🔍 Last analysed 23rd May 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 ¶
ShapeShift is best known for their non-custodial exchange but this app appears to be a wallet:
STORE YOUR CRYPTO IN A SECURE WALLET
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… and non-custodial:
ShapeShift makes self-custody easy, never holding your coins, so you have complete control over your assets.
but is their code public?
On the referenced website there is no link back to the app on App Store or Play Store but there is this site where they suggest having an invite-only mobile app. When you provide them with your email (Seriously?) they … forward you to this site where there are actually download links for both mobile apps.
As we couldn’t find any source code we assume the app is closed source and therefore not verifiable.
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.
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