This replace was written and offered 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. Nevertheless, LTC 0.18 is now not the newest code, because the launch for LTC 0.21 is sort of 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 have been made in LTC 0.21 may intervene with the modifications we made to help MWEB. These conflicts have to be rigorously addressed individually, which has been taking over a lot of my time.
Fortuitously, I’ve lastly acquired 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 must always have the ability to make a pre-release to start out testing how the code works on mainnet. Particularly, we’ll give attention to ensuring it communicates fantastic 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.
Opinions & Audits
Members of the group growing Tari 12 have been variety sufficient to spend a while to present a high-level evaluation of the design & code. They offered 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 may 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 only a few days. That is anticipated to wrap up by mid-October, once we shall be offered a report of all findings. As soon as we tackle 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 mission. 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 just a little lighter than we’ve been used to. Issues shall be again to regular subsequent month. Thanks to your understanding.