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 assessment. 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. Nevertheless, LTC 0.18 is now not the latest 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 the entire newest options (like taproot) in our MWEB launch. This can be a guide course of that may be very tedious and time consuming, since code modifications that had been made in LTC 0.21 may intervene with the modifications we made to assist MWEB. These conflicts have to be rigorously addressed individually, which has been taking over a lot of my time.
Happily, I’ve lastly bought the entire 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 should always have the ability to make a pre-release to begin testing how the code works on mainnet. Specifically, we’ll deal with ensuring it communicates superb 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 crew creating Tari 12 had been type sufficient to spend a while to present a high-level assessment of the design & code. They supplied us with their findings right here 14 and right here 10. Along with discovering a couple of potential points, they’ve additionally completely documented their understanding of the modifications, which may function a helpful useful resource for others making an attempt to find out about 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 only a few days. That is anticipated to wrap up by mid-October, once we might 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 dear. 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 just a little lighter than we’ve been used to. Issues might be again to regular subsequent month. Thanks in your understanding.