This replace was written and supplied by Litecoin MimbleWimble lead developer David Burkett.
I’ve shifted away from writing new code so the MWEB codebase can stay secure whereas the auditors carry out their evaluation. I’ve been focusing as an alternative on rebasing our modifications from the LTC 0.18 department to the LTC 0.21 department.
For these unfamiliar with git terminology, what this implies is we began with the code from the LTC 0.18 launch (the newest on the time), and have been coding MWEB on high of that. Nonetheless, LTC 0.18 is not the newest code, for the reason that launch for LTC 0.21 is almost prepared. So I’m merging the MWEB code we wrote onto the LTC 0.21 codebase in order that we nonetheless have all the newest options (like taproot) in our MWEB launch. It is a handbook course of that may be very tedious and time consuming, since code modifications that had been made in LTC 0.21 might intervene with the modifications we made to help MWEB. These conflicts should be fastidiously addressed individually, which has been taking on a lot of my time.
Fortuitously, I’ve lastly acquired all the node modifications merged and constructing efficiently. I’m engaged on fixing some failing checks, after which I’ll begin doing the identical factor with the pockets code. As soon as that’s all completed and reviewed, we must always have the ability to make a pre-release to start out testing how the code works on mainnet. Specifically, we’ll concentrate on ensuring it communicates high quality with older nodes, validates and propagates transactions & blocks, doesn’t prematurely implement MWEB guidelines earlier than activation, and is ready to efficiently mine legitimate blocks.
Critiques & Audits
Members of the group growing Tari 12 had been type sufficient to spend a while to present a high-level evaluation of the design & code. They supplied us with their findings right here 14 and right here 10. Along with discovering a number of potential points, they’ve additionally totally documented their understanding of the modifications, which might function a helpful useful resource for others making an attempt to study MWEB.
Additionally, we obtained the official audit proposal from Quarkslab, which we’ve accepted[*], so they are going to be formally beginning their audit in just some days. That is anticipated to wrap up by mid-October, after we can be supplied a report of all findings. As soon as we handle the problems discovered, we’ll have the ability to create an official launch (launch quantity TBD).
[*] Thorough auditors like Quarkslab could make all of the distinction within the success of a challenge. Unsurprisingly, this implies they are often fairly expensive. By “we’ve accepted”, what I actually imply is Charlie has, since he generously selected to pay for this audit. We’re very lucky to have him round ❤️.
I needed to take a while off this month for private causes, so my replace was a bit lighter than we’ve been used to. Issues can be again to regular subsequent month. Thanks in your understanding.