Talk @ EthCC 2019: Let’s dig inside Ethereum Smart Contracts compiled to WebAssembly

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2019/02/18 @ EthCC 2019

At Devcon4, Vitalik annonced that WebAssembly (wasm) will be part of Ethereum 2.0 (Serenity). It’s already possible to compile smart contracts to wasm modules and run them in the Kovan network.

Using WebAssembly smart contract doesn’t mean using secure smart contract.

In this talk, I will explain what’s inside a WebAssembly module and illustrate how to analyze wasm Ethereum smart contracts to find vulnerabilities and unoptimization.

  1. Introduction
  2. WebAssembly basics
  3. Program analysis
  4. Parity Helloworld
  5. WASM module Vulnerabilities
  6. Conclusion

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Talk @ Devcon 4 – 2018: Reversing Ethereum Smart Contracts to find out what’s behind EVM bytecode

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2018/11/01 @ Devcon iv.

Reverse engineering is a common technique used by security researcher to understand and analyze the behavior of closed-source binaries.

If you apply this to Ethereum smart contract (and more specifically on the EVM bytecode), thats allow you to analyze and verify the result of your Solidity source code compilation. 

From a developer point of view, it can save you a lot of time and money if you succeed to detect flaws and missing bytecode optimization.

Also, providing the Solidity source code it’s not mandatory during the smart contract creation, that’s why being able to directly reverse the EVM bytecode make even more sense if you want to understand the behavior of external smart contracts.

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