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Zeus LN

Latest release: v0.6.4 ( 4th May 2022 ) πŸ” Last analysed 27th April 2021 . Not reproducible from source provided
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22nd April 2021

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The Analysis 

This app is a bit special as it does not hold your private keys but neither is it custodial. It remote-controls your lightning node that you can run for example at home. So it is a wallet in that you can use it to send and receive Bitcoins.

And … best of all:

Furthermore our builds have no proprietary dependencies, are reproducible, and are distributed on F-Droid.

This only applies for the Android version of course and to see how that went, check out the Android app. For iPhone app, reproducibility is still an unresolved issue which leaves this app to be open source but still not verifiable.

Verdict Explained

We could not verify that the provided code matches the binary!

As part of our Methodology, we ask:

Is the published binary matching the published source code? If not, we tag it Unreproducible!

Published code doesn’t help much if it is not what the published binary was built from. That is why we try to reproduce the binary. We

  1. obtain the binary from the provider
  2. compile the published source code using the published build instructions into a binary
  3. compare the two binaries
  4. we might spend some time working around issues that are easy to work around

If this fails, we might search if other revisions match or if we can deduct the source of the mismatch but generally consider it on the provider to provide the correct source code and build instructions to reproduce the build, so we usually open a ticket in their code repository.

In any case, the result is a discrepancy between the binary we can create and the binary we can find for download 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 binary 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 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.