September 20, 2014 7:16 pm

Dash Passes Security Review, Prepares to Open Source

Security researcher Kristov Atlas has concluded his code review and security audit of Dash. He was solicited by the developers of Dash, based on 4+ years of professionally reviewing C/C++ software, to review the code and suggest any changes which could improve the software. Kristov Atlas concluded that Dash’s claims of functional anonymity are well-founded. He did suggest a few concerns, which the Dash team immediately fixed (the fixes will be released Monday as part of the next scheduled update to the Dash client). Mr. Atlas’ primary concern was that a bad actor could launch a so-called Sybil attack against the network. Evan Duffield, lead developer of Dash, closed this potential attack vector and in doing so also found a way to increase the overall anonymity of Dash transactions.

The new update to Dash, “Release Candidate 5” (RC5), will be made publicly available Monday, September 22. It fixes the concerns raised by Mr. Atlas, increases anonymity, fixes bugs, and improves the user experience by implementing a new interface. After eight months of continuous improvement, the developers of Dash are confident that the currency is finally ready to meet the scrutiny of coders world-wide. Duffield has announced that on September 29, the source code of Dash’s Darksend technology will be opened and published. This is the final piece of the overall system to be opened up. Dash will then become the first fully open-source, decentralized, anonymous crypto-currency in the industry.

Future plans include the adoption of a new Instant Transactions technology which Duffield has described in his whitepaper. This technology will allow Dash to compete with other nearly instantaneous transaction systems such as credit cards. If successful, such an idea could revolutionize crypto-currencies by providing a decentralized payment system usable in retail stores and other face-to-face situations. The delay between sending and confirming transactions would be reduced from one hour (with currencies such as Bitcoin) to as little as twenty seconds. A future press release will describe the system in greater detail.

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